Speak up against violence

2017-11-22 06:01

THE 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign.

It takes 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 among South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) 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” (#365Days campaign) and “#CountMeIn.”

WHAT IS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN?

• 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.

• Another terrible blight of our democracy is 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 YOU DO?

• Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period, which is a symbol of peace

• Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities.

• You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions.

• Speak out against woman and child abuse.

• Report child abuse to the police.

• Join community policing forums.

WHERE TO GET HELP?

SAPS Crime Stop

Tel: 08600 10111

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre

Tel: 0800 428 428

Stop Gender Violence Helpline

Tel: 0800 150 150

sms *120*7867# from any cell phone.

KEY DATES TO OBSERVE IN THIS PERIOD :

November 25: International Day of No Violence Against Women

November 29: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

December 1: World Aids Day

December 3: International Day for the Disabled

December 10: International Human Rights Day

- www.gov.za

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