PACTO Project Joins 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign

PACTO posters
Posters developed by PACTO for the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The Active Prevention and Communication for All (PACTO) project, led by JHU∙CCP in partnership with the Foundation for Community Development (FDC), joins Mozambican and international partners to raise awareness during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10).

PACTO is launching a mass media campaign with the National Women’s Forum (Forúm Mulher), Men for Change Network (HOPEM), Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA), UN Women and partners of the USAID Gender Based Violence Program.

The following activities will take place during PACTO’s 16 days of activism:

  • A mass media campaign will run throughout the 16 days featuring several TV and radio spots and posters portraying public figures and local leaders from across Mozambique offering testimonials and declarations against domestic violence. PACTO is also tying GBV to its Multiple Concurrent Partnerships mass media campaign, “Stepping out is very risky”.
  • A conference sponsored by the National Women’s Forum on accountability for the implementation of the Mozambican law against violence (November 28-29).
  • A march for men and women to unite in condemning gender-based violence (December 8).
  • An interfaith service to raise awareness to fight against and condemn all forms of violence against women from a religious perspective (December 14).
  • High-profile television and radio programs will include the message that GBV is unacceptable. Two highlights include programming on the popular talk shows Homem que é homem (Men who are real men) and Belas Manhãs (Beautiful Mornings).
  • School-based activities to refresh messages regarding GBV, existing laws and girls’ vulnerability.
  • Other activities and materials to continue to disseminate and analyze existing GBV-related laws.

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