2021 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women (VAW) is a violation of human rights and one of the country’s long-standing social issues.
Discrimination and gender inequality are manifested and perpetuated through it. It infringes on women’s fundamental right to live a life free of violence, as enshrined in international treaties and their local translations. VAW also has an impact on the general well-being of women and girls, resulting in long-term physical, psychological, sexual, and mental effects that prevent women from reaching their full potential.

Campaign Theme (2016-2021)

The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “A VAW-free community begins with me” for the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in 2016, and the Council committed to utilize it every year from 2016 to 2021. The campaign’s concept elevates it to positive advocacy by encouraging everyone to work toward a common vision of a community free of violence against women and girls and highlighting what can be done to make that vision a reality.

2021 Focus and Objectives

As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which breeds various forms of VAW, there is a need to intensify awareness raising on the core provisions of the law, the penalties, and the mechanisms in place, more than two years after the IRR of the Safe Spaces Act was enacted and approved, there is a need to intensify awareness raising on the core provisions of the law, the penalties, and the mechanisms in place as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, RA No. 11313 will be the focus of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in 2021.

General Objective of the 2021 Campaign

The basic goal of the 2021 campaign is to raise public awareness about the SSA, as well as the organizations that are responsible for enforcing it.

All government agencies and local government units (LGUs), as well as the corporate sector, are urged to connect their campaign efforts with this broad goal.

Key Activities Organized by the PCW

Online Events: “Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo” (November 25, December 3, and December 10, 2021) – The PCW, in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Children (IACVAWC), will host four online events aimed at increasing public awareness of the law, with a focus on how victims can use the processes and mechanisms outlined therein.

On November 25, the campaign will kick off with the launching of the “Let’s Make this a Safe Space” ground campaign, “#SanaAllSpacesSafe” experience-sharing online campaign, as well as the commitment-sharing of IACVAWC members. 

On December 3, the online discussion will revolve around what victims can do should they experience gender-based sexual harassment (GBSH) in the streets and public spaces or on cyberspace.

On December 10, Resource Persons shall elaborate on the mechanisms in place in preventing and responding to GBSH cases in the workplace and educational/training institutions, as well as the responsibilities of the employers and the schools stated under the Safe Spaces Act. 

On December 12, as a culminating activity, a video featuring the highlights of the campaign will be released by the PCW. 

Let’s Make this a Safe Space Ground Campaign 

Apart from using internet channels, this year’s campaign aims to acquire traction on the ground as well, with concrete visual messages placed in the streets, public places, private establishments, public utility vehicles, sidewalks, alleys, restrooms, and other locations. This is also in line with the Safe Spaces Act’s main requirement of preventing GBSH in public spaces and on the streets. Agency, private entities, and other stakeholders would be able to download designs for various materials such as posters, stickers, billboards, brochures, and primers to print and post in prominent locations in their areas. PCW will also work with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its affiliated organizations to have IEC materials posted, distributed, or displayed in public transportation facilities and vehicles. All materials must provide a link to a webpage that contains all relevant information and resources about the Safe Spaces Act. PCW will also send IEC materials to a number of provinces and cities around the Philippines, ensuring that the national awareness campaign reaches a diverse range of stakeholders.