CAIRO (UNA-OIC) – The Women Development Organization (WDO), in collaboration with the National Council for Women (NCW-Egypt) and the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, contributed to the Annual Global Campaign of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from November 25th to December 10th 2021, through launching an interactive digital campaign on its social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
The video had two million views, and ended with a survey that posed three questions: “Do you think men can contribute to the elimination of violence? What is the most common form of violence against women?; Where is violence most likely to take place?” According to the answers received, 88.6% believe that men can contribute to the elimination of violence against women, while 11.4% do not.
The digital campaign also raised awareness on the different forms of violence, whereby 51.7% believe that psychological violence is the most common form, while 24.8% believe it is sexual violence, 17.9% voted for verbal abuse, and 5.6% voted for economic violence.
Regarding the places in which violence is most likely to occur, the survey reflected that “homes” is the most common since 51.4% voted for it, compared to 28.8% for public spaces, 14.4% for the workplace, and 5.4% for schools. This is in line with the fact that the existence of harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, take place in the private space.
The objectives of the digital campaign were met, since awareness has been raised on the different forms of violence that the majority of viewers may have not been aware of, but more importantly, the majority believe that men can contribute to the elimination of gender-based violence (88.6%). Moreover, although male participation in the survey remains lower than that of females (40 and 60% respectively), it has reflected the theme and the hashtag for this year’s annual campaign: #Men_Women_Together_Equals_Zero_Violence.