One hundred thirty-two (132) people participated in the “Walk A 5k In Her Mumu” walkathon that took place at the Palau Track and Field on Tuesday December 1st to raise awareness on violence against women.
The walkathon is part of a series of activities that Palau is doing to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence which is celebrated internationally during November 26th to December 10th.
Some participants dressed in mumu’s while others dressed in orange color clothing.
Orange is the color for the 16 Days of Activism campaign and symbolizes a brighter future without violence.
The international initiative called “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” which promotes awareness regarding men’s sexual violence towards women helped inspire the theme of the walkathon. The mumu was also added in an effort to localize the initiative into Palauan context.
The idea of a walkathon came about because the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs wanted to organize an event that is different from what they have done in the past that people can enjoy and also bring maximum exposure to the campaign.
The walkathon was received very well by the public and the organizers of the event were very happy with their responses.
The event was sponsored by MCCA, Bureau of Public Safety, Division of Behavioral Health, Office of the Attorney General, and Palau Judiciary.
On the last day of the campaign, MCCA along with its partnering agencies will come together for a roadside campaign to fight gender-based violence.