From 25 November to 10 December every year the world shines a spotlight on the need to prevent violence against women with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Each year CARE Cambodia works with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, UN Women and other partners in Cambodia to focus on a different aspect of this.
In 2016 CARE held the immensely popular WhyStop Short Film Competition to engage young men in the conversation about sexual harassment and why this should stop. For 2017, under the global theme of Leave No One Behind, the organisation is shining a light on intimate partner violence with the aim of changing community attitudes towards this so no woman is without support.
In partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Australian Government as part of Cambodia’s Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) program, CARE has trained health centre staff, commune officials and community members on improving responses to violence at community level. During the 16 Days of Activism, CARE Cambodia’s social media will be sharing Ministry-approved messages from these trainings which remind everyone that violence against women is against Cambodian law.
Central to these posts are veteran actress Dy Saveth, who came out of retirement and returned to the screen in a new video for the Ministry. Quotes from Saveth to be shared over the 16 days of the campaign highlight that women are not responsible for violence against them and remind people that support is available.
Messages will be posted on the CARE Cambodia Facebook page every day from 25 November to 10 December.