#IStandWithHer to SPEAK #IamPossible against Gender Violence.

Keturah Shammah
Posted November 29, 2019 from Nigeria

 

 

#IamGEM #IamPossIble

 

16days of activism against Gender Based Violence takes place every year beginning on International day of the elimination of violence against women (November 25th) and ending on the Human Rights day (December 10th). The Center for Women’s Global Leadership has coordinated the 16days global event since it began in 1991. This year, the global campaign focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace, with an emphasis on what we can do to create change. Girls Education Mission International Has tailored the 16days of activism in Nigeria creating an action across Plateau and Kaduna states since 2014. For organizational alignment, in this year’s 16days of activism, we are launching the #IamPossible campaign with a theme focused on speaking possibilities against any form of Gender Based Violence by highlighting and confronting the structural barriers for women and girls from home, community, school setting including government policy and systems that Impact girls experience. Read here https://thenigeriastandard.com.ng/2019/11/27/believe-in-yourselves-ngo-t...

Violence against Women and Girls (VAW/G) is common in most parts of the world and is now being addressed globally as a public health, social policy and human right concern. Global estimates indicate that 30% of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual partner violence, 7% of women worldwide have experienced non-partner sexual assault. Many of us are aware that millions of girls experience violence and yet we don’t often get the chance to hear from girls themselves about what it’s like to confront and overcome the challenges that makes their dreams and wishes often go unfulfilled.

My Organisation  Girls Education Mission International 2019 16days of activism aim to ignite a discourse on speaking possibilities against impossibilities to address barriers that hinders our dreams and vision possible. It also aims at motivating action that ensures the hopes and wishes of young people most especially young women and girls not go unfulfilled.

There is hope! As we all know majority of young people most especially young women and girls make choices that demonstrate their belief in their potentials. That’s where I come in to STAND WITH HER. 

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background, or level of education. This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation.

 

The 16 days between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, Human Rights Day, are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Girls Education Mission International started observing the day with launch of #IamPossible Campaign and  will mark the 16 Days of Activism through a series of events under the overall theme: SPEAK!  #IamPossible against gender Violence.

 

#IamPossible #I6Days campaign     

Girls Education Mission International Has tailored the 16days of activism in Nigeria creating an action across Plateau and Kaduna states since 2014. For organizational alignment, in this year’s 16days of activism, we are launching the #IamPossible campaign through events and actions with a focused on speaking possibilities ;;against any form of Gender Based Violence by highlighting and confronting the structural barriers for women and girls from home, community, school setting including government policy and systems that impact girls experience.  The #IamPossible Events and actions will champion by our dear esteem Volunteer across the 36 States in Nigeria and over 5 Countries in Africa. As of today, GEM has sent out Campaign Kits to 28 Volunteers across 15 States including the FCT and Sierra Leone.  Throughout the 16 days, these Volunteers have committed to give their Time, Energy, Skills, Knowledge, Expertise and Resources to either organize an event or to carry out an action towards nurturing and Safeguarding Possibilities of our teaming youth most of especially young women and girls who face gender based violence and are are hereby deprived of their right to education and training. 

 

Orange Day

November has been designed as the Orange Day by the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. The 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. As a show of solidarity, our Office and its premises was decorated in orange.

 

Social Campaign

GEM and the #IamPossible Campaign Volunteers will participate in an online campaign using hastag #IamPossible  #IamGEM  #TogetherWeSayNo violence against women. There is also Facebook frame for everyone everywhere to change HIS/HER profile pictures  #IamPossible solidarity and for online advocacy and awareness raising purposes. 

On behalf my organisation Girls Education Mission International invites everybody to Join us  post inspiring comments  on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for the 16Days Campaign against Gender Violence including the hashtag #IamGEM I SPEAK #IamPossible against Gender Violence.

 

Keturah Shammah

Executive Director

Girls Education Mission International

#IamPossible Campaign Convener

World Pulse Ambassador

 

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Hello Dear Keturah,

How are you doing, dear? It sounds like you've been very busy with all these initiatives. Kudos to all those volunteers and to you for organizing all these events. Thanks for sharing your update and lovely photos.

Hope you're doing well and having a great weekend!

XX

Hannah B
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Hello Keturah,
Wow, thank you for sharing your work with us!
I am inspired to see all that you are doing, and I hope that you will update us with another post soon.
Best of luck to you and all of your volunteers!
Warm regards,
Hannah

Anita Shrestha
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Good work dear

Lisbeth
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Dear Keturah,
What an amazing project dump the " I am possible".
Girls education is and must be considered the most of all educations. Thanks for highlighting this important fact.
Hope you have a great weekend and warm regards.
Hugs

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, Keturah,

You are a champion of women! Thank you for raising your voice against gender-based violence women faced. Thank you for participating on this #16Days campaign. Have a great day!

lizzymark
Dec 02, 2019
Dec 02, 2019

Yea my boss and mentor, its great learning from you and making waves in the lives of girls. Keep on the good work we are blessed to have you. #Togetherwespeak#Iampossible