The drive for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls must begin with young people. Throughout the world youth are key catalysts for change when it comes to prevent gender based violence. Information and communication technologies are increasingly important in connecting and mobilizing people around the world to end violence.  Since majority of young people are visiting social networks online, UN Women is engaging youth using the new technology and social media to increase public awareness and social mobilization to end violence against women and girls. As a global example of this, we have online platforms like UN Women’s Say NO–UNiTE to End Violence against Women to bridge gaps between what is happening in local communities and activism globally and online. Anyone can come to the website to share ideas, take action, make their voice heard and present their actions worldwide.

For the 16 Days Campaign 2011, UN Women project office in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has created an eBook called Youth Say No to Violence!, which will be a reflection of how young people of Bosnia and Herzegovina perceive the problem of Gender Based Violence. The aim of this online campaign is to give young people a voice so that they can express their approach to raising awareness about and preventing gender based violence using multimedia.

The contributors to the campaign were selected in September 2011 through a Photography and Short Story Competition. UN Women Office in BiH launched the competition and invited young people (age 18 to 30) to employ their imagination to create images and tell stories to understand what GBV is and how it can be prevented and stopped.

The best photos and stories were selected and their authors attended a workshop where they learned about gender based violence, storytelling, photography and multimedia. Following the workshop, under the guidance of UN WOMEN, TNT Studio and with the support of the International University of Sarajevo, 16 young authors employed their talent and creativity to develop the pages of the 16 DAYS eBook-Youth Say No to Violence!

Every day of the 16 Days Campaign (from November 25 to December 10) a picture, with the accompanying, text will be published on this website and shared via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. At the end of the campaign all the material will be compiled into the 16 Days eBook, edition 2011. Following the closure of the campaign, the eBook will be available to download from this website.

You can follow our campaign by joining the facebook group “Say NO – Unite! 16 dana aktivizma protiv nasilja nad ženama” or on Twitter – 16 dana aktivizma.

Violence against women and girls is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations