More needs to be done

2017-12-21 06:00

I SOMETIMES wrestle within my own mind over whether the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign makes a difference.

If speeches, marches and articles could bring about the desired outcomes, then the numerous programmes over the years would have brought about the necessary change.

Of course, 16 Days of Activism cannot just stop it, but programmes and initiative such as “Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa”, the theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism, can make a huge difference in reminding people about the different types of violence that women and children have to endure.

Therefore, more needs to be done than just raise awareness about violence against women and children.

Over the years, many perpetrators have been jailed or prosecuted. Legislation or laws are not enough.

We need a social revolution in order to change mind-sets and prejudices against women. We need sustainable and educational programmes throughout the year. Like World Aids Day, the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children falls during a period when most students are busy with examinations or are on holiday.

Hence, I believe that together with supporting international solidarity programmes, we also need to have our own programmes to raise awareness and to prevent social ills. Education has a central role to play in challenging these social evils.

MOHAMED SAEED

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