Speak out about violence

2017-12-06 06:00

THE 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign taking place every year from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence.

The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children on all members of the community.

At the launch of the 16 Days Campaign on November 25 2014, President Jacob Zuma said that activism against gender-based violence should be a year-long campaign and not limited to 16 days.

The Department of Women heeded the president’s call and launched the “365 Days for No Violence Against Women and children (#365dayscampaign)and “#CountMeIn”

VIOLENCE TAKES MANY FORMS:

• Physical violence in the form of domestic violence, terrible violent crime such as murder, robbery,

rape and assault.

• Emotional violence and trauma at many levels caused by many factors.

• the violence of poverty, starvation, humiliation and

degradation, especially against women and children. Poverty, inequality and unemployment are

conditions under which violence thrives.

What can be done to help:

• Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period - a white ribbon is a

symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone

violence against women and children.

• Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children - many organisations need assistance from the public.

• Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.

• Report child abuse to the po- lice.

• Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.

• Join community policing forums: the community and local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security

If help is needed call:

• Stop Gender Based Violence helpline - 0800 150 150

Gender based violence command centre - 0800 428 428

• SAPS crime stop: 08600 10111. - www.gov.za

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