ECHOING the words “Count me in! Count me in! Count me in!” were the eThekwini Outer South Cluster SAPS members when the 16 Days of Activism campaign was launched recently. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children launch took place on November 27 at Mega City Mall, Umlazi. Mega City Management, PT Alarms, Community Policing Forum members, and eThekwini Outer South Cluster Stations released 16 orange, white, and green balloons to usher in the beginning of the campaign. The campaign started with an operation with two road blocks, thereafter, pamphlets on sexual abuse, domestic violence, and 16 Days of Activism were handed out. A huge motorcade then left Mega City and drove around all the hotspots, showing huge police visibility and unity. The campaign started on November 25 and will finish on December 10.Captain Carmen Rhynes, EOS Cluster communication Officer, said: “The fight against violence should be everyone’s business, not only during these 16 days assigned for activism but something that should be a part of our lives daily throughout the year. Education and participation is key!”What can be done? There are many ways to make a little difference in this fight against violence against children and women in the community• Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities in your community.• Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children. Many organisations need assistance from the public — you can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions. Help plant a garden at a shelter, sponsor plastic tables and chairs for kids at a clinic, or join an organisation as a counsellor. Use your skills and knowledge to help the victims of abuse.• Speak out against woman and child abuse.• Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.• Report child abuse to the police.• Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.• Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.• Seek help if you are emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline at 0800 150 150.• Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against the abuse of women and children.• Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence.• Spread the message on social media.• Join community policing forums (CPFs) — The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. You may want to also become a reservist, a member of the community who volunteers his/her services and time to support local policing efforts to fight crime. For more information on how to join, contact your local police station.Together, violence can be removed from communities, and we can help those that are victims of violence and abuse. — Supplied.