16 days’ Activism against GBV at LOYOC

This initiative seeks to provide a safe space for learning and capacity building through experience sharing amongst young people on the root causes, consequences and preventive measures against Gender-based violence, foster understanding, tolerance and collaboration amongst 12 young couples and to create online and offline awareness on GBV with use of social media and other platforms, by  organising  a roundtable discussion amongst 25 young people and carryout an online awareness campaign on all LOYOC social media platforms. We will also participate in the sport walk against GBV organised by the UN Women for sensitization and awareness. 

Objectives

Main

  • To provide a safe space for learning and capacity building through experience sharing amongst young people on the root causes, consequences and preventive measures against Gender-based violence. 

Specifically; 

  • To foster understanding, tolerance and collaboration amongst 12 young couples
  • To create online and offline awareness on GBV with use of social media and other platform

Activities 

In commemoration of the 2021 16 Days’ Activism on GBV, we will be implementing two main activities;

Activity 1: Media Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence

For the 16 days’ activism, we are going to create awareness on all our social media platforms by showcasing 16 facts about GBV.

Activity 1.1: Participate in UN Women Sport walk against GBV

LOYOC will participate in the Sport walk organised by the UN Women is for the purposes of offline awareness and sensitization against GBV.

Activity 2: Organise a roundtable discussion with 12 young couples on the causes, consequences and preventive measures against GBV

LOYOC will bring together couples from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share experiences and exchange learnings and opinions on the causes, consequences and preventions of GBV. 

16 Facts about Gender Based Voilence

  • 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Gender-based Violence is perpetrated by both men and women and not just by the male gender, as stereotype narratives have it. 
  • Majority of GBV victims find it hard to open up about abuse which further widens the possibility of resort to depression and other related illnesses.
  • Gender-based Violence is a mulifaceted societal Ill that requires  composite action
  • Victims of GBV always have a hard time accepting that they are being violated upon.
  • It is estimated that up to 10 million children are victims of child sexual exploitation.
  • School-related gender-based violence means that 1 in 4 girls say that they never feel comfortable using a school latrine.
  • GBV, especially sexual exploitation on children and adolescents is usually done by a relative or close friend of the victim’s family.
  • As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical and/or sexual violence during pregnancy.
  • Many girls worldwide are raped or subject to sexual violence each year, usually by someone within their family circle.
  • Over 700 million women alive today were married as children (under the age of 18).
  • There are 5,000 so-called honour killings reported every year around the world. Experts estimate that the actual number of “honour” killings is much higher.
  • 30% of females globally have reported that their first sexual experience was forced.
  • 58 % of new HIV infections among young persons in 2015 occurred among adolescent girls and young women. Violence or the threat of violence affect the ability of girls and young women to protect themselves from HIV.
  • Domestic violence is a global problem that affects 35% of women worldwide.
  • The victims of GBV always find themselves defending the actions of their oppressors as their way of escape from the trauma
  • No one, is not too small or too big to be a victim or a perpetrator of either forms of GBV 
  • Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are at a higher risk of rape and domestic violence than cancer, car accidents, malaria or being injured in war.

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