16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence
For the 16 Days of Activism, the UNFPA has collaborated with the popular photojournalism series, Cheer Up Luv created by Eliza Hatch, on an awareness campaign about sexual harassment on public transportation in Sri Lanka.
“Don’t Look Away” is a film-photography and video series, which went live on the 25th of November, consisting of 16 portraits, interviews and videos of women retelling their experiences. The project is available to view on multiple channels over the 16 days, including all social platforms for UNFPA and Cheer Up Luv as well as an interactive website revealing a new story every day at unfpa.org/16days
90% of women experience sexual harassment on public transport in Sri Lanka, with only 4% seeking help from the authorities.
Cheer Up Luv is multi-platform photojournalism series dedicated to combating the normalisation of sexual harassment. The project quickly flourished through social media, striking a chord in its method to address a complex issue in a creative way, while creating a dialogue about the issue of gender based violence towards women in public.
In this collaboration, UNFPA x Cheer Up Luv approach this issue faced by women in Sri Lanka in a unique way through 16 days of storytelling. The goal being to empower women, raise awareness and create a platform for their stories to be heard.