18-Day Campaign to End VAW




Violence against women (VAW) and girls is not just a major public health problem but also a grave violation of human rights. It extremely manifests gender inequity, targeting women and girls because of their subordinate status in the society. The United Nations define VAW as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” Violence and the threats of violence can be experienced by every woman of any age, skin color, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, economic, and social status.

Global estimates by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women (35%) worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence from intimate partner or non-partner in their lifetime. In the Philippines, the National Demographic Health Survey 2017 released by the Philippine Statistics Authority revealed that 1 in 4 Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence from their husband or partner.

Because VAW appears as one of the country’s pervasive social problems, various measures and mechanisms have been employed and implemented to address it. One of which is the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, an advocacy campaign that is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 as mandated by Proclamation 1172 s. 2006.


 Launched a call to action to immediately pass the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act which was passed in 2003.

 Advocated for the passage of Anti-VAWC Act, which was passed on 2004.

 Launched the Gender Justice Awards together with the University of the Philippines-Center for Women’s Studies Foundation Inc. (UPCWSFI) and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP)

 Produced the Anti-VAW song “Babae, Bumangon Ka”

 Focused on the pupolarization of the newly passed laws, including other anti-VAW laws on rape and sexual harassment

 Built a network of male advocates against VAW(Men Opposed to VAW Everyhwere or MOVE)

 Focused on the popularization of the newly passed laws, including other anti-VAW laws on rape and sexual harassment

 The Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere(MOVE) produced the song “Kumilos mga Kalalakihan”

 Issuance of Proclamation 1172 decalring November 25 to 12 of every Year as the 18-Day Campaign to end Violence Againt Women

 Issuance of Proclamation 1178 in the same year, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day was included in the Campaign, making the Campaign against Violence Against Women(VAW) 18 days.

 Focused on the popularization of the newly passed laws, including other anti-VAW laws on rape and sexual harassment

 The first Men Opposed to VAW Everyhwere(MOVE) Congress was held

 The search for Outstanding VAW Responsive-LGUS was also launched simultaneously with together with the Gender Justice Awards II.

 Focused on the popularization of the newly passed laws, including other anti-VAW laws on rape and sexual harassment

 Focused on popularization and implementing Magna Carta of Women Section 12 Protection from Women.

 Protection and security for women during conflict and emergency situations

 Creation of a VAW Desk in every barangay

 Recognized the VAW Responsive Local Government Units and the Gender Justice Awards 2

 The IRR of RA 9710 had been developed

 “Men and Masculinity” was conducted by MOVE Philippines Inc.

 The RSCGAD of ARMM has committed in drafting the ARMM Gender and Deveopment Code

 Focused on the popularization of the newly passed laws, including other anti-VAW laws on rape and sexual harassment

 Focused on popularization and implementing Magna Carta of Women Section 12 Protection from Women.

 Protection and security for women during conflict and emergency situations

 Creation of a VAW Desk in every barangay

 Recognized the VAW Responsive Local Government Units and the Gender Justice Awards 2

 The IRR of RA 9710 had been developed

 “Men and Masculinity” was conducted by MOVE Philippines Inc.

 The RSCGAD of ARMM has committed in drafting the ARMM Gender and Deveopment Code

 Accomplished the “Blow the Whistle on VAW” where the whistle was used as a symbolic device to show unity against VAW

 RA 10398 was signed, declaring November 25 as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of violence against women and children, was signed by Pres.Aquino

 Raised the Public’s awareness of VAW committed during disasters and conflict situations

 Accomplished the “Blow the Whistle on VAW” where the whistle was used as a symbolic device to show unity against VAW

 RA 10398 was signed, declaring November 25 as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of violence against women and children, was signed by Pres.Aquino

 Raised the Public’s awareness of VAW committed during disasters and conflict situations

 Duty bearers such as senators and congressman took part in a video to condemn VAW

 The Barangay Violence Against Women Desk Handbok end the Women Weathering Climate Change:Governance And Accountability.Everyone’s Responsibility in coordination with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, were launched.

 Notable personalities participated in a video inviting the people to the Walk to end VAW

 Notable Personalities participated in a video inviting people to the Walk to End VAW

 Winded attention knowledge about Violence Against Women(VAW) specifically to the academe through university guidance councilors, students and institutions leaders, among others

 Launched CineJuana Film, Ako Para sa Bata

 Orange your Icon for 18 days

 Winded attention knowledge about Violence Against Women(VAW) specifically to the academe through university guidance councilors, students and institutions leaders, among others

 Launched CineJuana Film, Ako Para sa Bata

 Orange your Icon for 18 days



The Campaign


The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC, government agencies are mandated to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Globally, the 16-day action against gender-based violence has been acknowledged to support the international campaign that originated from the first Women Leadership Institute at Reuters University, New Jersey, USA in 1991. The observance of this campaign started in November 25, which is the International Day to Eliminate VAW up to December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day, to emphasize that VAW is a human rights violation and to ensure better protection for survivors and victims of violence. In 2002, the Philippine Government, through the Philippine Commission on Women and key stakeholders joined the global campaign, initially to push for laws and the establishment of institutional mechanisms to address VAW. 

In 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 1172, extending the national campaign to 18 days, thereby including December 12, a historic date that marked the signing in the year 2000 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, to supplement the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes.

The campaign was further strengthened in 2008 when the United Nations Secretary General launched the 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, supported by adequate resources.



18 Things that We Can Do to Help End VAW


Woman/Girl
1. Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of actions in case these rights are violated.
2. Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated.
3. Encourage others to fight for their rights.


Man/Boy
4. Respect women and girls in your home, workplace, and community.
5. Join male groups promoting Anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to broaden your awareness on the advocacy.
6. Enlighten/advise perpetrators to seek help and join the male Anti-VAW supporters.


Government Agency
7. Equip yourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for your clients.
8. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service to your clients’ supporters.
9. Let people know that you provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices that they can turn to and trust to assist them towards healing and seeking justice.


Barangay
10. Ensure that your Barangay VAW Desk is functional. You can use the Barangay VAW Desk Handbook developed by PCW and DILG with partner agencies to guide you on what to do.
11. Establish linkages with local and national government agencies, as well as other organizations near your barangay where you can refer victim-survivors of VAW for needed assistance which the barangay is not able to provide.
12. Promote harmonious family and community relationships in your barangay which is grounded on mutual respect for human rights, and take proactive steps to attain a VAW-free community.
Private sector
13. Support the Anti-VAW efforts of the government and your immediate community.
14. Establish your own Action Desks where employees and clients can go to in case VAW happens.
15. Develop internal rules to proactively ensure that your workplace is VAW-free.


Academe/Training Institutions
16. Include concepts of VAW and women’s human rights in lesson plans/lesson guides of your teaching staff
17. Continually conduct/spearhead anti-VAW advocacies in your campus, and if possible, to your immediate community through extension programs.
18. Setup a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) where students and employees can seek help.



Below are the activities conducted from 2008 to present: