Peace Vigil

Notes: 
  • Organizing a public gathering in the name of peace or a cause that is important to you and that gives the girls an opportunity to express solidarity and feel they are making an impact in the community.
  • You may want to organize a vigil or event around topics relevant to the Goal programme, including International Women's Day (8 March), World AIDS Day (1 December), 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 November - 10 December).
Materials: 
  • (Optional) Candles or Small Lights
Time Required: 
Two to Four Hours
Objective: 
  • To add an action component that adds to the overall discussion on rights and communities.
Instructions: 
  • The success of a vigil can depend largely on the initiative and commitment of one or a few dedicated people. Establish a core group to conceptualize, and drive the vigil.
  • Determine what kind of vigil you want to hold. A vigil can be a one-time event, or can take place at regular intervals (e.g. every Sunday night).
  • Do something that will make a visual impact on passers-by; for example, all girls wear the same colour or all girls hold candles or large placards and banners.
  • Designate some people to interact with passers-by, answering questions, distributing leaflets, or collecting signatures for a petition.
  • Make sure the vigil venue is visible, and you have the necessary permission to use the location.
  • Make sure your vigil is legal. Check with a local police station or other authority.
  • Hold the vigil at a time and place where you will be seen by as many people as possible.
  • Ensure that vigil girls do not block or limit access to any thoroughfare.