2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism, a global awareness-raising initiative that links International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). To mark the 16 Days of Activism and help spread the message that violence against women is a violation of human rights, APTC Vanuatu is participating in a number of community events.
Ronic Joe, APTC Vanuatu Welfare Officer, has created a colourful and very informative poster display in the foyer of the APTC office. The information on display is in English and Bislama and includes brochures and handouts on items such as preventing domestic violence, respecting human rights, HIV/AIDS/STI prevention and disability. The information on the stand is free for students to take home and discuss with their friends and family, and the College has made a particular effort to provide information for students from different Pacific Island Forum countries studying in Port Vila.
APTC staff observed White Ribbon Day on Thursday 25 November by wearing a white ribbon, and several staff joined the White Ribbon Campaign Parade along the waterfront in the morning. The parade was led by the male members of the Vanuatu Police Force and Vanuatu Mobile Force and concluded at the Seafront Stage with speeches and refreshments. The march was a great opportunity for APTC staff to demonstrate solidarity with the Vanuatu community towards eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.