Women are starting to open up about abuse - ANCWL

2016-11-24 21:07
ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba (Netwerk24)

ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Women are starting to open up about abuse in South Africa, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) said on Thursday.

"There were cases of abuse of women and children that were [previously] not being reported... but today cases are increasing and women are starting to open up," ANCWL deputy president Sisi Ntombela told reporters in Alexandra, Johannesburg.  

The women's league was launching its activities for the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. 

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children starts on Friday and ends on December 10.

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.

ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba said that, during the campaign, more needed to be done in relation to sex crimes, like sexual assaults and rape. 

"As the women’s league, one incident of crime is one too many," she said.

Matuba said their campaign would include educating young women in different parts of the country about their rights.

"We have met with learners in Grade 10 and 12 [on Wednesday] and we educated them on their rights as girls... and how to prevent violence and what to do when violated."

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