“The Story Behind The Story”

16 days of Activism Against GBV- 2015

Not Just Numbers…

The 2015 campaign shed light on the lives and stories of women survivors of gender-based and domestic violence. The harsh and painful events plaguing the region and the world have turned our time into one of breaking news, statistics, and casualty counts – which could perhaps best be characterized by the terms “information overload” and “data smog.” The vast amounts of numerical information have become impossible for people to process all at once: News and numbers related to the victims of war. Numbers of refugees fleeing their war-torn countries, and those who have died by drowning in attempts to do so. Numbers of human rights transgressions. The rising number of Lebanon’s national debt, the increasing number of days – or months – without a president and the increasing number of women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

The numbers have become the topic of focus. Violence has been pushed to the sidelines and has become nothing but a minor detail. And so, we continue our lives, aware of numbers, but normalizing violence as a natural part of our daily lives.

The 16 Days 2015 campaign’s role was to remind the public that violence is neither normal nor justifiable. That behind the numbers, there are real people with names and stories. The “story behind the story” therefore becomes one of surviving violence, not falling victim to it. It is the story where women will raise their voices, share their experiences, and receive support from their surroundings and their society. The heroines of this year’s 16 Days campaign are women who are a real inspiration to us, and, in speaking and showing their faces, will now hopefully inspire and empower other women who may be going through similar difficulties.

The campaign simultaneously launched on three local channels, LBC, MTV, and Al Jadeed, with the female news anchors showing their solidarity with survivors of GBV and running both, the campaign’s public service announcement, and short reports on domestic violence prepared by the channels themselves. As another form of solidarity, the campaign’s teaser billboards featuring a handwritten “What’s the story?” (in Arabic – “Shu el ossa?”) were revealed, featuring the three news anchors on billboards throughout Lebanon.

أنا قصتي قصة - The Story Behind the Story

Zeina, Hala and Sara have one thing in common: they were all able to break the cycle of violence! The video recounts 3 different stories of 3 women who endured violence and were able to break the cycle, emerge and continue their lives. It comes as part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women that ABAAD launched in 2015, under the patronage of H.E the Minister of Social Affairs and in partnership with UN Women and a large number of local and international NGOs. *Disclaimer: the names of the women have been changed العنوان: أنا قصتي قصة زينة، هلا وسارة، ثلاث سيدات لديهن قاسماً مشتركاً: استطعن جميعاً كسر حلقة العنف! يتناول هذا الفيديو ثلاث قصص لنساء استطعن وضع حد للعنف ممسكين زمام مستقبلهن. يأتي هذا الفيديو ضمن حملة الـ16 يوم الدولية للقضاء على العنف ضد النساء التي أطلقتها منظمة أبعاد في عام 2015 برعاية معالي وزيرالشؤون الإجتماعية وبالشراكة مع هيئة الأمم المتحدة للمرأة وحشدٍ من المنظمات المحلية والدولية. تنويه: لقد تم تغيير الأسماء*


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