Support for ‘16 Days’

2018-11-29 06:02
Local police officers lit candles to launch the campaign of 16 Days of no Violence Against Women and Children officially on Monday 26 November.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Local police officers lit candles to launch the campaign of 16 Days of no Violence Against Women and Children officially on Monday 26 November.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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Various role-players from the Lwandle policing precinct gathered at Lwandle Community Hall for the official launch of the campaign 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children on Monday 26 November.

Those attending the launch, hosted by Lwandle police, participated in a prayer service and candlelit ceremony. They included various high ranking police officers of the Khayelitsha Police Cluster.

Others, both young and old, who added their voices to the call for an end to violence against women and children included representatives of civic organisations and members of local churches.

The international campaign, run annually from 25 November to 10 December, creates awareness of the challenges women and child victims of violence face.

At the launch, acting cluster commander for Khayelitsha, Brigadier Tania Hoskins, said there was a need for daily activism against the abuse of women, the disabled and vulnerable children.

She appealed to communities in the province to respect every human being and fight crime and abuse.

“We need to have respect for every person in our community,” Hoskins said. “Men and women are now all [equal]. So let us all celebrate our diversity and pay homage to elders in our communities.”

The candlelit ceremony signalled the official launch of the campaign, remembering those who have died as a result of violence and abuse, and symbolising the importance of the campaign.

In communities there is a need to build a culture of respect for others and tolerance, Hoskins added.

“Let your voice be heard when wrong things are done to you,” she said. “Activism in support of the elderly, women and children should be a daily thing, to [counter] the countless threats against these [vulnerable sectors of society]. [Standing up against violence] will help in reducing the number of assaults.”

Hoskins also read the police preamble, which she said police officers should always uphold as they serve different communities.

In his address, Lieutenant Colonel Xolani Williams, Lwandle Police Station commander, urged victims of abuse to break the silence and report any violations to the police. He said abuse is something that takes place daily behind closed doors, and for the police to investigate these matters victims need to speak up.

Masixole Mbanjwa, a representative of the Lwandle Community Policing Forum (CPF), affirmed the organisation’s support for the campaign, adding that the forum believes this support should be shown year-round.

“As the CPF, we’re appealing to the community of Lwandle and surrounding areas please to report any abuse that takes place in our areas,” Mbanjwa implored.

“For us, this is not just a programme that runs for 16 days, but rather something we support throughout the year.”

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