The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
Since 2008, the UN Women, under the “Orange the World” umbrella, has been galvanizing global attention and action to end violence against women and girls. The official colour used is orange, which symbolizes a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) and Good Shepherd Services (GSS) are standing together to raise awareness and to call Malaysians of all faiths to reflection and action to end violence against women and children. The tagline for our 16 Days campaign is “Orange the World: Say No to Violence Against Women and Children”. For this year, the focus of our campaign is on human trafficking of women and children.
16 DAYS OF REFLECTION AND ACTIVITIES
This booklet is designed to be a resource for awareness, reflection and action. It can be used to follow the 16 Days campaign to educate ourselves and reflect on human trafficking issues. Through the personal stories shared, we can get a glimpse of how the lives of women and children have been impacted by their experiences of being trafficked and exploited. (Names and demographic details have been changed to protect the identi-ties of the women and children who were willing to share their stories.)
As we read about the injustice, oppression and abuse heaped upon them by fellow human beings, let us open our hearts and respond to the needs of the marginalized and oppressed, whether through prayer or other forms of action to do good, seek justice and help the oppressed.
We invite you to join us for these 16 days to stand up against human trafficking. It only takes a single pebble to cause a ripple in the ocean. Together, we can swell the tide of events to end violence against women and children.