SAY NO UNiTE to end violence against women

In Tulid, Keningau, Sabah
An awareness campaign on non-violence against women and children was carried out from 18–20 November, 2013. It started with an introduction to “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” on 18 November. This was followed by sharing from each participant on their understanding of violence in relation to their own experiences in the family and community, and how they could be a support for each other.

On 19 November, a talk on Human Trafficking was conducted. Besides an understanding of the topic, it also included the preventive measures that the villagers can take to prevent their community from falling victims to traffickers.

On the next day, a prayer session dedicated to all women and children who have experienced violence was organized. A slide-show, “Ending Violence Against Women and Children” was presented. Sharing of information on the Domestic Violence Act 1994 followed. There was also a group discussion on the flyer “16 things you can do to help end violence against women and girls” by the un and how they could implement these steps
in their community.

Throughout this campaign participants were enlightened and enriched with new knowledge especially on how women can protect themselves in the event of domestic violence and how the community can offer support to stop violence against women and children.

About 150 women, men and children came forward to support the white ribbon campaign and the signature campaign to end violence against women and children.

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The campaign led by Pusat Jagaan Seri Murni, Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd (PKGS), was launched at the conclusion of a 2-day retreat at the Kokol Prayer Summit for the 29 pkgs staff and volunteers facilitated by Judith Loh. In keeping with the spirit of the retreat, the launch of “NO to Violence Against Women and Children Campaign” opened with a reminder of the objective of this worldwide campaign held every year from 25 November to 10 December – to oppose all forms of violence against women and children.

It was followed by the singing of “Bahasa Cinta” (The Language of Love) and a gospel reading from Mark 1 : 29–31 followed by a silent reflection of the realities of marginalized women and children in our society today.

The highlight of the launch was when each participant was asked to pick a balloon and inflate it. They were then asked to write one word to describe one of the many forms of violence suffered by women and children. The balloons were then tied together on a string and the male participants were invited to break the balloons to symbolize their strong opposition to these violations that are committed every day. The campaign was thus officially launched.

In Kuala Lumpur
White Ribbons were distributed in Churches, Christmas bazaars and other public spaces during the campaign period. The White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-initiated and led movement to end violence against women. Today, the White Ribbon, worn by both men and women, symbolizes a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children.

Leaflets containing information about the campaign and help lines of the Good Shepherd Shelters in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Sabah were made available to the public during the campaign.