Call for Submissions : 2012 Campaign

Women and Media Collective (WMC) once again invites you to participate in this year’s 16 Days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence, an event pioneered by us in 2011 using social networking and blogging as a platform for raising awareness about gender-based violence (Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/194234664044230/).

You can blog, tweet, upload photos and/or videos, upload podcasts, etc. to raise awareness on gender-based violence, particularly during the 16 days spanning from 25th of November to 10th December 2012.

You can post in Sinhala, Tamil or English and in any format (creative writing, art, photography, essays, short films, interviews, cartoons, etc.), as long as you’re raising your voice and creating a platform to discuss gender-based violence.Tag your posts with #16days #sl16days #vaw #takebackthetech and mail us on wmcsrilanka@gmail.com with the subject line “Sri Lanka 16 Days Campaign” with links or information on your activity and we will feature you on our blog at https://srilanka16days.wordpress.com/And even if you don’t have a blog or website of your own, you can create content and share it through WMC web domains.If you are planning or participating in a related event during the period of the 16 Days Campaign, no matter how big or small, contact us and we will post it to the blog. If you’d like to send personal accounts, media coverage or photos, we’ll make sure they are included.WMC has also joined the Take Back the Tech initiative (http://www.takebackthetech.net/) which is a collaborative campaign to reclaim information and communication technologies (ICT) to end violence against women. So our blog posts will be syndicated by Take Back the Tech.

In addition, we’re all gearing up for One Billion Rising in 2013 so follow the facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingSriLanka

Last year we had very few men participating so we’d like to see a change in that this year.

Please share this with anyone else you think would be interested. As always, your participation and support is much appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Call for Submissions : 2012 Campaign

  1. I applaude your efforts at trying to raise awareness on this very crucial subject, not only to women, but to society at large. But what’s the percentage of society that you aim to reach with onternet based social media? They are most probably the cross section of the country which is most empowered. Also, why is your movement and the (so called?) feminists strangely silent on the impeachment of the CJ? CJ, not because she is a woman, (also not because I have some severe reservations about this entire sordid narrative), but because the independent judciary resembles all the justice , fairplay for women and society in general. For women ,in particular. Strange, isnt it,?Your movement should be empowering, educating and emmassing the common women, reaching them physically. The women on Facebook and internet with laptops, i pads and Blackberries who get news alerts per minute already know what’s up.

    • Hi Santhushya,

      Thank you for your comment. We’d like to reiterate that this campaign is just one out of a large body of work we engage in, both in our organizational capacity and also as a member of various networks. If you visit our website http://womenandmedia.org/ you will catch a glimpse of that work. The reasoning behind this particular campaign is to create a platform in which people can express their ideas about GBV and also raise awareness on the issue, in English, Sinhala and Tamil. There is no other platform that we currently know of where this is happening. The “cross section of the country” that you refer to are the most reluctant to speak up about violence and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence coming from women’s shelters that support this. If you go through last year’s campaign, you will see the impact that some of the stories we published had. We believe that this is important and with the rapid penetration of mobile phone users and Internet users in the country and the increase of users who communicate in the local languages, we are going to continue with our new media campaigns parallel to all the other work we do which reaches them “physically” as you say. Therefore if your suggestion is that we completely ignore the arena of new media, then we respectfully disagree because for us it is yet another avenue of communication, especially to be noticed and picked up by the mainstream media.

      As for your comments about the CJ, this is not the place to discuss it but we have signed joint petitions along with other civil society organizations, in order to give out a stronger response.

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