The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) starts on November 25, which is the International Day to Eliminate VAW and ends on December 12 of every year, which is the Human Rights Day. This observance is to emphasize the Violence Against Women is a human rights violation and to make sure that protection for survivors and victims of violence.
The Gender and Development Focal Point System of the Zamboanga City Water District led the first day of the campaign. All female employees of the District wore orange-colored shirts. According to UNESCO, “color orange symbolizes a brighter future, free of violence. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence and it is therefore used as the color of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.”
In order to promote public awareness, the District has also hanged the official 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women streamer at the ZCWD Main Office, Water Treatment Plant and Motorpool, distributed PCW-developed IEC(Information, Education and Communication) materials to its customers, and the showing of the short films: VAW in the Home, VAW in the Workplace, VAW in the School, VAW in Public Spaces, and VAW in Cyberspace at the Ground Floor of this ZCWD Main Office.
The campaign theme for the period 2016-2021 is: “VAW-free community starts with Me.”