About The Event
On the 14th of February, people of all ages will be rising for justice and raising awareness on the situation of Violence against Women in Maldives. In Maldives, we are still struggling to get VAW recognized as a serious concern.
During the days leading up to the 14th of February, we have taken to local television and radio channels to talk about why we are rising for justice for survivors of violence against women. We have been reiterating the facts of the issue, and encouraging everyone to join us in our fight against it. We have also been actively involved in the social media, namely twitter and Facebook, with regular updates on the status of Violence Against Women in the Maldives.
On the 14th of February, people of all ages will be taking to the streets in six main locations in Male’, the capital of Maldives. Our aim is to gain attention for our cause through dancing to the Dhivehi (local language) cover to Break the Chain: Kanbalun. During the demonstration, messages will be displayed regarding violence against women. The Maldives Police Service will be demonstrating the basics of self-defense at three of these locations. On the same afternoon, our partner, the Hulhumale Rowing Association, will be hosting a rowing event on a nearby island, Hulhumale’. Messages will also be carried by the rowers during this event.
Some of our partners are currently also in the process of creating a music event for this year’s Rising. The song is scheduled to be released on the next Orange Day, 25th of February 2014.
About The Organization
Hope for Women
Hope for Women is a Maldivian NGO that was registered on the 19th of January 2010. Its formation was inspired by a 2007 study which revealed that 1 in 3 women in the Maldives aged 15 to 49 experienced some form of physical and/or sexual abuse during their life time. At Hope for Women, our vision is to create a society where women and girls do not have to live in fear of violence and discrimination, are empowered and have the opportunity to follow their dreams, and where their voices are equally valued to that of men and boys.
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