The Valletta 2018 Foundation is endorsing 16 days of activism, the International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women and gender-based violence; a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls. 16 days of activism will be happening between the 24th of November and the 10th of December 2017.
The project consists of conferences and workshops related to the issue of Domestic Violence; a visual arts exhibition; a photographic exhibition and a national march wherein the Prime Minister and the US ambassador will be attending. Also performing will be the police band and other items such as a zip line for celebrities; the Malta Philosophy Sharing group; an Exhibition & Workshop by artist Ray Darmanin; Orange Sunday which will focus on parish outreach; a Parliament Event for students about the right for equality, self determination and safety in the context of domestic violence; decentralising events within Local Councils and also Gozo Events. All the activities are being coordinated by the Commission on Domestic Violence in collaboration with various stakeholders and NGOs.
A pre-launch will be held on the 22nd November where a press-conference will announce the 16 days of Activism. This year’s Annual conference’s theme which will kick start the 16 days of activism on the 24th November is ‘Listen to me! Giving children a voice’. Key experts in this particular area; an area which is sub-divided into various aspects, will be on a panel and a discussion will follow. Six different work-shops will also be organised. The scope is to have a balanced synchronisation between the key experts; panel and the outcome from the work-shops which will constitute in an interesting floor discussion, especially in the light that the floor will be attended to by professionals and stakeholders in the sectors. The compiled recommendations are evaluated and researched further for their possible implementation. The conference will also be live-streamed.