Welfare to host candlelight vigil

2018-11-28 06:01

THE staff of Child Welfare SA: KwaDukuza, will hold a candlelight vigil to begin the activities for 16 Days of no Violence against Women and Children, from November 25 to December 10. Staff will wear white ribbons to show support for the campaign.

The white ribbon symbolises peace and the commitment to condemn violence against women and children.

According to senior social work manager Penny Dhanver, while the campaign runs for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse. “The Constitution of SA safeguards women and children’s rights. All sectors of the country are participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse of women and children. Child Welfare SA: KwaDukuza will embark on programmes to educate the community to prevent violence against women and children.”

THE PROGRAMMES

• Child abuse prevention programmes at schools.

• Distribution of pamphlets in identified marginalised communities, on domestic violence, child and women abuse and involving men in helping to eradicate violence. Pamphlets will outline details on child and women abuse and the services rendered by the society.

• Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help to lessen the impact of violence in the lives of women and children.

“The society, together with Thuthuzela Care Centre (Stanger Hospital), is planning an event on November 27 to commemorate 16 Days of Activism,” Dhaver said.

The community plays a pivotal role in eradicating abuse against children and women, she said.

“The community is urged to show its support of this campaign by wearing a white ribbon for the duration of the 16 days. Help us to end child abuse and women abuse.”

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