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The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW. The following issuances provide the national legal mandates for the annual campaign:
Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 – Declaring 25 November to 12 December as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)
Republic Act 10398 (2013) – Declaring November 25 of Every Year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children
In Support of the Worldwide Campaign to End VAW
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begun in 1991, linking November 25 (International Day Against VAW) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day) to emphasize that VAW is a human rights violation. It is further strengthened with the launching in 2008 of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End VAW Campaign which envisions a world free from all forms of violence against women and girls. For the UN, this vision can only be realized through meaningful actions and ongoing political commitments of national governments, backed by adequate resources.
The Philippine Campaign to End VAW
The Philippine government has participated in this worldwide campaign to eliminate VAW since 2002. Recognizing that human trafficking is a form of VAW, Presidential Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 extended the national campaign to 18 days, to include December 12, a historic date that marked the start of opening for signature in year 2000 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.
The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW
The National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), which is conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) every five years, provides a picture of the alarming incidence of VAW in the Philippines.
Results from the preliminary NDHS conducted in 2017 show that out of the 11,558 ever-married Filipino women aged 15 to 49 surveyed, one in 4 or 26% has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner. These survey results are more indicative of the prevalence of violence in the country, since the administrative data on number of clients served by service providers like the police, social workers, and health workers only capture cases reported to these offices.
Considering such prevalence, the 2018 Campaign will continue to emphasize the role of all individuals in combating violence against women and girls within various institutions. To do this, the 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW shall focus on Primary Prevention to reduce incidents of VAW across the country. This can be achieved by letting people understand VAW from the point of view of victim-survivors. It is hoped that such deeper understanding would ignite compassion from stakeholders, so that they would not commit, condone, or remain silent about VAW. For service providers, such compassion towards victim-survivors would encourage them to provide better services to their clients.
Various activities in line with the theme and the objectives of the 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW will be spearheaded by the PCW in partnership with key partners in regions across the country.
The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW aims to:
1. Give the public a glimpse of a VAW victim-survivor's ordeal to later develop in them the virtue of compassion or malasakit;
2. Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience, provide information on the laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
3. Gather public support for the Campaign.
2018 Campaign Activities
The following key activities shall be conducted in partnership with key agencies and organizations:
1. 18-Day Campaign to End VAW Kick-Off Activity
(November 25, 2018 | 9:00 AM | Venue: TBA, Metro Manila)
PCW, in collaboration with the IACVAWC members and other partners, shall hold an opening program to present the current situation of VAW in the country.
2. Cine Juana Film-screening and Open Forum
(Community Screening | 6 December 2018 | Target Venue: Bacolod)
(Campus Screening | 12 December 2018 | Target Venue: Surigao)
The event shall use cinema to provide the participants a deeper understanding of the experience of VAW victim-survivors. The event shall also provide a venue for the participants to discuss the film with the director/producers as
well as with local service providers to learn about the different anti-VAW mechanisms available in their city or region.Target participants for the community screening in Bacolod include local government agencies and non-
government organizations, women’s groups, community leaders, and the general public. Target participants for the campus screening, meanwhile, include students, youth organizations, and members from the academe.
3. VAW: The Unspoken Words II and the VAW: Unspoken Words Facilitator's Guide
The PCW shall produce and publish a new set of videos for the VAW: The Unspoken Words Series. Additionally, the PCW shall produce and distribute a CD compilation of the series together with a booklet containing the poems and a facilitator's guideline for screenings.
4. 18-Day Campaign to End VAW Recommended Films
The PCW shall review and release a list of recommended films which organizations and agencies can screen in their respective offices. Organizers and attendees are strongly advised to process insights and reflections
conveyed by the film right after the film showing.
5. Orange Your Icon for 18 Days Advocacy Initiative
(November 25 to December 12, 2018)
Now on its fourth year in the Philippines, activity aims to strengthen the anti-VAW advocacy by enjoining new audiences to join the cause to end VAW. The idea is to attract the public’s curiosity on why major landmarks or icons
nationwide are colored orange, thereby providing opportunities for advocates to explain the Anti-VAW advocacy. For this activity, the PCW shall coordinate with the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies.
6. Production and Distribution of Advocacy Materials
Agencies and LGUs are requested to produce and distribute their own VAWC-related information materials to their clients and employees. Those who wish to reprint PCW-produced materials may download the electronic copy of
7. Online advocacy
Official hashtag: #VAWfreePH
Feature 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in agency websites.
For more information about the 18-Day Campaign To End VAW, feel free to contact Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division (CAIRMD) at (02) 735-1654 local 131 or (02) 735-85-09 or email email@example.com