Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
What You Can Do To Help
Everyone, everywhere can contribute to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. Below are some suggestions for getting involved.
- Support the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women.
- Create your profile on Say No – UNiTE.
- Add your image to the Stop Rape Now "Get CROSS!" photo project.
- Ring the bell. The “Ring the bell” campaign has developed suggestions for effectively intervening in violence against women and girls. Learn more in a video message from Secretary-General Ban.
Action for schools and universities
- Hold conferences, seminars and workshops to ensure that educators at all levels are trained in gender and women’s issues, including recognizing and addressing violence against women.
- Organize panel discussions, symposia and debates for students on the issue of violence against women, inviting experts from local NGOs, the government, academia or the private sector to participate as guest speakers.
- Include activities to raise awareness and promote prevention of violence against women in your curriculum.
- Organize a public speaking contest on the issue, targeting male students in particular.
- Run an essay-writing contest on the topic of violence against women. Winning entries could be posted on your website or offered to a local newspaper for publication.
- Organize an art/poster contest, asking students to conceptualize the issue.
- Ask students to create a flash animation presentation or e-postcard to highlight the problem of violence against women, especially in a local context.
Action for civil society
Activities in El Negaa Stadium in El Fasher (North Darfur) to launch the 2010 Commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
- Work with government officials at the local and national levels to establish legislation to help end violence against women in your country or community. Consult the Secretary-General’s database on violence against women to find out about your country’s legal framework, policies and programmes on the issue, as well as data and statistics.
- Produce a compilation of real-life stories of women and men working to end violence against women, and send it to government officials, NGOs and media.
- Organize seminars and speaking events that focus on issues such as national legislation on violence against women and the role of men in stopping violence against women in local communities.
- Ask local artists to create a piece on violence against women and organize an exhibit to display the work. Screen a film which highlights the issue, and follow it with a panel discussion or question and answer session with the filmmakers.
- Run a workshop for local journalists to sensitize them to issues of gender and reinforce the importance of the role of the media in ending violence against women.
Action for business
- Hold mandatory gender awareness workshops for all employees in your company.
- Implement a zero-tolerance policy towards gender discrimination and harassment in your workplace.
- Ask staff to nominate a women’s representative for your employees.
- Select a local NGO which is working to end violence against women as your company’s chosen charity for the year.