Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is organising a One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign this month in solidarity with the global movement to end rape, sexual crimes and the exploitation of women.
This call to action campaign held every February since 2012 is one of the largest global efforts to raise awareness and work towards ending abuse and violence experienced by women and girls. Using creative means that include dance, skits, poems and music to promote the cause, GSS has been actively promoting this annual campaign through its various programme services in Sabah.
“OBR is an opportunity to connect with the wider community to heighten awareness, strengthen passion and build the commitment to prevent violence against women. We are the prevention,” said Chin Poh Choo, the Executive Director of GSS.
“OBR is about collectively rising up, speaking out and taking affirmative action to curb the epidemic culture of violence through the exploitation of girls and women,” she added.
This year, GSS's OBR campaign is concentrated around Kota Kinabalu and Tambunan. Held at various venues, the event features a drama entitled Jangan Tertipu (Don't Get Fooled), adapted from a comic based on true stories of women who were trafficked in Sabah entitled Janji Dicuri (Stolen Promises). The drama is followed by a discussion focusing on the exploitation, abuse and enslavement of women through human trafficking, and ends with a creative dancing signifying the call to rise and act against the exploitation of girls and women.
“It highlights the vulnerability of unequal relationships that are often legitimised by our own cultural practices and promotes the need to address gender inequality through systemic change,” said Chin.
The campaign which began at Dewan Masyarakat Kiulu on February 12, 2017 was also held at Rumah Kanak-Kanak Bondulu Toboh Tambunan on February 18. The other venues for the campaign include schools, shelter homes and rural communities. The campaign will hold its final event at SM St. Martin in Tambunan on Feb 24.
The GSS campaign aims to reach out to 2,000 participants around Sabah, consisting of parents, teachers, students and members of the community.