To kick off the 16 Days of Violence against Gender-Based Violence, UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office has engaged in a partnership with the Germany-based sports marketing agency Result Sports to involve public figures of the Turkish as well as international sport and cultural life scene. 

As part of the campaign, several Turkish and international sport and culture life personalities are posting statements against gender-based violence in support of the 16 Days of Activism. 

We are proud to see that the first batch of public figures sharing these messages is composed entirely by men, which has the potential to convey the message of standing against gender-based violence with an even stronger and bolder character. 

Social norms about what it means 'to be a man' and rigid masculinity constructs lead to the normalization of gender-based violence, which renders the phenomenon even more serious and action to be taken even more urgently. Intervention to promote gender equality by engaging men and boys in becoming aware of and thus breaking these norms appear to be promising. 

The personalities on the quote cards include Jan Olde Riekerink, a renowned international football coach from the Netherlands; Çağlar Söyüncü, a Turkish football player currently playing with the German Bundesliga club Freiburg; Sedat Mert, a Turkish actor; Birol Namoğlu, a Turkish singer.