“The Adventures of Salwa” is a campaign which aims to combat all forms of sexual harassment, physical and verbal abuse against children, girls, and women, especially after incidence rates have increased drastically, sounding the alarms in universities, schools, streets, workplaces and in public transport.
The campaign is the concept and implementation of five young women whose only purpose is to increase awareness among women, children, and men about everything related to sexual harassment. In addition, they aim to urge young women to talk about their painful experiences and to raise their voices in the face of sexual harassers in order to stop their non-human inequities.
To achieve these objectives, “The Adventures of Salwa” campaign adopted a series of steps. To begin with, “Salwa’s” current and future adventure cartoons and videos is being deployed in all available media (Facebook, newspapers, magazines, blogs, TV, etc.). Regular meetings for individuals who had been sexually harassed will be organized. The aim of these meetings is for individuals to talk about their experiences, ways of dealing with harassment and how to overcome traumatic events. The campaign is also working on establishing a website that provides a venue for communication, exchange of information, experiences, and ideas among the public.
The webpage will be established in conjunction with the preparation of a booklet containing guidance for young women to defend themselves in case they are subjected to harassment or rape, and instructions on how to file a complaint. Furthermore, the campaign is planning to coronate its activities with the launch of “Salwa Day” in different regions in Lebanon, where “Salwa bags”, which contain instructions and methods to deal with sexual harassment, will be distributed to women and children. In addition, awareness workshops will be organized for communities.
“Salwa” calls upon the Lebanese government to draft a Penal Code that criminalizes sexual harassment and protects people subjected to it.