Five more days to stop violence

By Drum Digital
05 December 2013

There are five more days before the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children campaign ends. However, alarming incidents of women's abuse remain a serious concern.

What can be done?

Non-governmental organisations such as Thusanang Advice Centre in Phuthaditjhaba in the eastern Free State, has been contributing towards the reduction of gender-based violence.

Acting director Jeanette Makae says, "We are conducting workshops around the communities, all over the different villages in QwaQwa. We even train the community on human rights, all the acts that protect human rights and all the abuses that have taken place to the girl child and the women. So after that is when we find the survivors, they voluntarily come to our offices to ask for help, where they need it."

Meanwhile, Christian Youth Ministry's Mathapelo Lala says it’s time that churches intensify its gender violence campaigns.

Lala says many churches are still being prohibited from having open discussions about gender violence and HIV/Aids. Lala added that as the church they have decided to take a bold stand against gender violence by trying to unite government, communities and churches to fight the scourge.

What are you doing to stop the violence?

- DRUM Reporter

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