Stop Motion Project releases final videos on VAW

Stop Motion Project, an MDG3 Fund small grant winner in Malaysia, released its final two videos on violence against women (VAW) this month in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

“When does the violence begin?”

While most VAW campaigns talk about the end, Stop Motion Project believes that ending VAW requires also an unpacking of its beginning. As a complete package, the three stop motion animation videos highlight three different types of VAW as outlined below:

Video #1 – Taman Bahagia

This video was released to the general public on 17th February 2011 after an exclusive preview on Malaysian TV3’s Wanita Hari Ini talk show, and has charted nearly 800 views since then. Video #1 covers the more commonly known domestic violence but highlights the level of invisibility of domestic violence to the public eye.

Video #2 – Segregate the Zombies!

In mid-2010, Malaysian bus company KTM Komuter introduced the Pink Coach, which is a coach catered specifically for women passengers to prevent sexual harassment. Video #2 takes a humorous look at the issue of gender segregation as a solution to prevent sexual harassment in public transportation. With this video, Stop Motion Project intends to raise serious concerns and to start public discussions regarding the viability of stop gap measures in ending sexual harassment in public spaces.

Video #3 – What’s Behind Your Words?

In December 2010, Stop Motion Project asked various people about their encounters with verbal violence against women. Individuals were not restricted to their personal experiences but also what they have heard others have experienced. Women and men shared with us different accounts,
both personal and those experienced by people they knew. Video #3 highlights these accounts while raising questioning mindsets behind what appear to be “mere words”.

Armed with the videos, Stop Motion Project seeks to spread awareness of current forms of VAW taking place in Malaysian society and to start public discussion regarding existing solutions and their viability. Through increased public discussion and awareness, Stop Motion Project hopes that better approaches towards handling – and ending – violence against women can be developed.

For more information, please visit Stop Motion Project.

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