In commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which falls on the 25th of November, the GBV Forum launched a 16 day campaign (25th November to 10th December) to end violence against women. A billboard campaign was initiated this year as well, with the GBV Forum’s 2009 theme of “WE CAN end violence against women: ACT-COMMIT-DEMAND”.
A special programme was conducted in the premises outside the Fort Railway Station on the 25th of November where there was a ceremonial unveiling of the billboard installed in the station followed by street dramas and other interactive activities to create awareness. The radio clips “men too can make a difference” were aired this year as well on Siyatha FM and Read FM. Also, an 8 page tabloid was printed in English, Sinhala and Tamil newspapers to provide awareness of gender based violence.