About the campaign
In 2019, the Philippines passed the Safe Spaces Act (SSA), a law that protects girls and young women from getting harassed in public spaces, in the workplace, in educational and training institutions, and online. Dubbed the "Bawal Bastos Law", SSA defines gender-based sexual harassment (GBSH) in streets, public spaces, online, workplaces, and educational or training institutions.
Plan International Philippines aims to support and work with various partners to promote and protect the rights of women and children through an awareness campaign.
The 'Bawal Bastos: Pilipino ay Magalang' initiative aims to contribute to the localization of the law through campaign materials designed for digital and traditional media. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to use these materials for dissemination in their respective channels to strengthen visibility and raise awareness for the Safe Spaces Act.
What is the Safe Spaces Act?
The Safe Spaces Act or the Bawal Bastos Law penalizes all forms of gender-based sexual harassment in streets and public spaces, including workplaces and schools, as well as in online spaces.
THE CRIMES OF GENDER-BASED SEXUAL HARASSMENT (GBSH) ARE COMMITTED THROUGH ANY UNWANTED AND UNINVITED SEXUAL ACTIONS OR REMARKS AGAINST ANY PERSON REGARDLESS OF THE MOTIVE.
You can take a stand by:
- Empowering everyone against gender-based violence and sexual harassment,
- Campaigning for solidarity in making spaces safe for all people,
- Report incidents of gender-based violence and sexual harassment that you witness.
EVERYONE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHER PEOPLE. EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN ENDING GBSH. DAHIL LAHAT MAY MAGAGAWA, LAHAT MAKIKINABANG.
Anyone can use the ‘Bawal Bastos: Pilipino ay Magalang’ materials. These materials should work to help raise awareness on what constitutes gender-based violence and sexual harassment and how to report or respond accordingly, by providing clear information on the available reporting mechanisms and support pathways. They can be used:
- On social media
- On visible spaces (i.e., public transport vehicles, communal areas, hallways, etc.)
- As handouts to employees, students, commuters, mall-goers, etc.
- As resources for webinars, trainings, and other capacity-building activities
|Stickers for Public Transportation
(most suitable for PUVs, taxis, tricycles, etc.)
|Stickers for Public Restrooms|
|Social Media Cards|
For inquiries on collaboration and other concerns about this program, you may reach out to:
Communications Specialist, Plan International Philippines