Embassy of the Netherlands launches #breakthesilence competition

What is the ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign about?

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign held every year starting on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The campaign is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. It also provides an opportunity to raise awareness, educate, share knowledge, open a dialogue and call for action against all forms of violence against women. The campaign is represented by the color orange, which is meant to symbolize a brighter future, free of violence.


Commitment of the Netherlands to eliminating violence against women and defending human rights worldwide

The aim for the Kingdom of the Netherlands is to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Violence against women is a major problem for public health and a violation of human rights. It is estimated that one in three women encounter physical or sexual violence in their lives.

The campaign aligns closely with the priorities of the Netherlands and the policy priorities of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan. Our work in the human rights arena includes: the strengthening of public platforms to protect human rights, advancing policy dialogues with the government on issues related to women’s empowerment and their full public and economic participation, supporting journalists in marginalized areas and expanding online freedoms.

For the second year running, we are happy to take part in this global and national campaign to raise awareness of the issue of Gender-Based Violence in Jordan.  The Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan, in partnership with Artmejo, is launching a social media competition to understand - through works of arts and writing - how gender-based violence in all of its forms are perceived. This year we are focusing on violence that prevents women from accessing economic opportunities and independence.

Be a part of the conversation: open call for entries!

#Breakthesilence #اكسر_حاجز_الصمت - is an opportunity for local artists and writers to create and share their feelings, thoughts and experiences with the issue of eliminating violence in all of its forms that prevent women from accessing economic opportunities and independence. We invite you to shed light in your own style on either something that you have personally been through, heard from a friend, or a national issue in relating to gender-based violence.

The best submissions (art work and written pieces) will be chosen by a diverse panel and highlighted both on the Embassy and on artmejo’s social media channels throughout the 16 days (running from 25 November – 10 December, 2019). The best artwork that is able to convey an impactful yet culturally aware message, as judged by the expert panel,  will be offered the opportunity to paint their artwork on a large public space. For literary submissions, the chosen written piece will be published on artmejo’s online magazine artmejournal.

How to participate:

  • Post an original artwork or written piece to your account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or send it directly to amm-info@minbuza.nl
  • Tag @NLinJordan and @Artmejo
  • Use the hashtag #breakthesilence and or #اكسر_حاجز_الصمت  on your post

Technical requirements:

  • All visual artworks - paintings, sketches, illustrations - need to be submitted in a jpg. or png. format.
  • Artists submitting artwork must have some experience in applying art directly onto walls and large surfaces.  
  • All literary pieces (poems, short-stories, prose) need to be submitted in .pdf –format, no more than 250 words.

The deadline for submissions is 20 November 2019.

This project comes in collaboration  with artmejo, an online platform for visual art in Jordan.