On November 25th 2017, Sista and Solwota Sista launched a video campaign through social media to mark the beginning of 16 days of activism. #YumiStanap is a one-minute video that features a range of people standing in solidarity against violence.

“We managed to pull this together in barley two weeks,” said Yasmine Bjornum, founder of Sista magazine. “Considering our limited time frame and non-existent budget, it was heart-warming to see how many people took the time to show their support and feature in the campaign.”

Sam Suendermann, founder of Solwota Sista, the female branch of the Vanuatu Surfing Association, filmed and produced the video and managed to capture a diversity of people from Ni-Vanuatu society including athletes, musicians, government, NGOS and the private sector to re-enforce the message against violence.

Wanem tingting blong yu?

Yu ting se hemi ol raet blong killem wan woman? Yu ting se vaelens hemi wan normal fasin? Sapos yu talem yes, hemi no yu wan nomo. Research hemi talem se 81% of men mo 79% of women blong Vanuatu biliv se hemi stret blong killem wan woman sapos hemi makem wan fasin afta man i kros.

Mission blong #YumiStanap campaign hemi blong challengem tingting ia to ZERO TOLERANCE. #YumiStanap agensem vaelens. #YumiStanap agensem fasin wea hemi save downen spirit mo save killem ded wan man. #YumiStanap tugeta blong respectem ol raets blong ol woman mo gel.

This article was originally published in the Vanuatu Daily Post