A global youth campaign
to end violence aganst girls and women
A Wall of Hope is a sign of hope, a symbol of resistance, and an opportunity to advocate for the rights of women, children, and girls, all who remain the most vulnerable in our societies. The Campaign for stopping violence against women and girls, and for gender rights, will require a long term commitment of people and resources, that will be sustained by hope, love, and unrelenting advocacy. We invite you to take up this struggle and encourage those around you to do the same.
The Wall of Hope Campaign began in Nepal in 2013 as a component of the Half The Sky Film and Arts Festival.
During 2014 and 2015, Wall of Hope teams led students, grades 7 to graduate school, in activities that featured films, games, interactions, and the eventual creation of a Wall of Hope. School administrators were encouraged to organize follow up activities relating to gender and VAW issues.
The Campaign retains two basic and unifying elements:
- Educate young people Organizing a film screening, a speaker and/or a forum at the school or in the community.
- Create a Wall of Hope Somewhere on or off the school campus or in the community, a Wall of Hope is created, using hard walls, soft walls, banners, cloth, or other materials.
Other activities are strongly encouraged, including using the initial Wall of Hope project to form an ongoing group that will continue to address VAW issues.
The Campaign has impacted an estimated 20,000 young people in Nepal with now over 400 schools engaged in the project. With violence against women at epidemic levels in many parts of the world,the Wall of Hope Campaign is now going global. We invite your support and participation.
Violence against women continues to rise in most places in the world. Rape, domestic violence, trafficking, dowry, female genital mutilation, and child marriage are prevalent in many parts of the world.
In the United States a woman is a victim of domestic violence every nine seconds. The rate goes higher in the football season. The government of Nepal now estimates that over 20,000 girls and young women are sold into sexual slavery every year. Millions of girls are the victims of female genital mutilation.
Awareness, education, and advocacy all need to be accelerated so that stopping VAW becomes a priority of governments around the world. The Wall of Hope Campaign is a catalyst for change, an opportunity for young people to learn about gender violence, and a vehicle to give voice to young girls and women, as well as boys and men who can be important allies in this struggle, creating a new generation of change agents around gender issues.