World YWCA Toolkit for Week Without Violence 2018
#YoungWomenLead for a World Without Violence

Every year during the third week of October, YWCAs from all over the world promote and encourage a Week without Violence – a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a world free of violence. We all have been doing wonderful work around the global fight to end violence against women. This year it is being held from 15th to 21st October, 2018.

With the rise in #metoo movements across the world, voices of women against all forms of violence across different spaces have arisen. They have reinforced the growing need to address the issue with seriousness and urgency. 120 million girls worldwide have experienced forced sexual acts at one point of their lives. The World YWCA’s Week Without Violence demands that safety of young women and girls must be put at the center stage through meaningful representation, participation and decision making through young women. They lead, they rise, they decide for their safety. #YoungWomenLead

Throughout the week activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. Violence against women remains a global concern despite the work being done. We know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally. Some survivors of violence go unrecognized, unheard and unanswered. What we are doing needs support, partnership to come together to promote next steps.

World YWCA has put together a Campaign Toolkit for you to actively engage with other national and local member associations, partners and other stakeholders, in a coordinated manner, to make the lasting impact. The toolkit has key messages, sample posts for social media, infographics and some examples of how you can enhance the engagement bracket for all to participate. The Booklet is downloadable here. It is available only in English.

Follow the hashtags #WeekWithoutViolence2018 and #WWV18 on social media channels for updates from YWCAs around the world.

For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Suchi Gaur, Senior Specialist- Strategic Communication (suchi.gaur@worldywca.org).