There is no need to wait for the 16-Days-of-Activism-Against-GBV campaign to raise awareness about these important issues in society. Let’s make it 365 days a year to raise awareness about GBV.
GBV is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. This violation knows no social, economic, or geographical boundaries. While estimates suggest that one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) during their lifetime, GBV and SGBV remain hidden behind a culture of silence, despite the chronic physical and psychological effects experienced by victims.
Despite all efforts to stop and reduce SGBV and GBV, society in all its different segments still needs to raise awareness about this type of violence and address it on all levels, in addition to supporting survivors who have experienced GBV and SGBV, encouraging them to share their stories and experiences in combating this violence.
This is where our platforms and social media at Mobaderoon come in to expand the reach and space for raising awareness and conveying the correct concepts related to SGBV and GBV. Based on this, we have implemented many activities aimed at expanding the knowledge base of community members and young people about GBV (GBV) and providing them with peaceful and non-violent solutions.
An informative video about the controversial concept of “gender” and “GBV”
Through presenting a group of illustrative community practices within the Syrian local context that reinforce discrimination and GBV through an explanatory video on social media platforms, we aim to spread a greater understanding of the concept among different segments of society through social media channels owned by activists and clarify its connection to practices that are inherited and deeply rooted in society and highlight the importance of putting them up for discussion at both the children’s and parents’ levels.
Community Activists’ Challenge
The concept of GBV and SGBV, in particular, is still subject to a lot of secrecy and silence despite its high prevalence in society, and it has encountered many social fears. However, by encouraging activists to share the experiences they deal with during their work, the concept of GBV and SGBV and related issues have become a subject of discussion, understanding, and participation.
Community activist Saed Al-Harbash shared a story of a survivor he deals with during his work in community work, which confirms that silence is what boldly and rudely keeps the harasser always present in our society!
Community activist Dima Sheikh Hasan narrated the story of a girl who was repeatedly harassed, and her story touched many girls who are afraid to stand up and say, “I am being harassed,” because of society’s blame on them every time and in every circumstance.
Content about violent practices related to GBV and collaboration with an influencer on social media platforms
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Knowledge articles about violence and sexual harassment
Different forms of sexual harassment and violence in society were addressed, which many groups, especially women, experience when it comes to digital harassment and blackmail on social media platforms in particular. The spotlight was also shed on protection methods provided by the law and the gaps to increase awareness of these methods that we can use to protect ourselves and reduce the risks of violence and harassment in all its forms, in addition to highlighting the volume of work that needs to be done towards laws that support the safety of community members and reduce cases of violence and harassment.
Informative content about the psychological and physical effects of GBV
To this day, the effects of SGBV and GBV on individuals and victims as a whole, whether psychological or physical, have not been fully documented. Therefore, the role of informative content is to shed light on the extent of harm that violence causes, as well as how we as individuals within our families and communities affect those around us when we consciously or unconsciously practice violence. We produced a podcast dialogue to highlight the forms of violence that adolescents experience during puberty, as well as a podcast about men’s right to express their feelings.
Narrative videos telling the stories of individuals and survivors of GBV
We collected real-life stories related to different experiences of females and males at different ages with SGBV and GBV. Due to the social difficulties in appearing and expressing stories and experiences for individuals themselves, the stories were documented and narrated by fictional storytellers to protect individuals from any effects on their families and communities.