Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, UN Women, The Embassy of Sweden in Manila, SPARK! Philippines, and Empower are collaborating for #RespetoNaman, a Nationwide Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence. The goal of the project is to spark a sustainable movement across the nation to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence in the Philippines through campaigning for awareness, empowerment, and policy.
As inspired by the global #MeToo, and #TimesUp Movement and Thailand’s #DontTellMeHowToDress Movement, it will focus on bringing the issue into the mainstream and empowering women to rise up against all forms of gender-based violence, particularly on rape and sexual harassment.
Grounded in the vision of equality, The Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, UN Women, the Embassy of Sweden in Manila, SPARK! Philippines, and Empower work for the elimination of discrimination against girls, empowerment of women, and the protection and promotion of women’s rights. These organizations agree that these issues are impediments in achieving gender equality. Awareness and discussion is the first step in acknowledging that the problem exists, and fixing it.
The project will comprise of different events and programs which would include two big forums, an online campaign, a nationwide caravan, and a localized version of the #DontTellMeHowToDress exhibit. The timeline of the events will be within the global celebration of the 16-days of Activism Against GBV, which is from November 25 to December 10; some events will also extend into the next year.
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