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25 Nov 2018
16 days of activism and uniting against Gender-Based Violence

 

For the past 25 years, the world has come together as one to stand up against gender-based violence aimed at women and children.

What is 16 days of Activism?

It is a WORLDWIDE Campaign to OPPOSE VIOLENCE against WOMEN and CHILDREN. The 16-day long campaign is another leg of the #356Days of Activism Campaign and #CountMeIn. These campaigns aim to challenge all South Africans to raise awareness about the negative impact of violence against women and children on all members of the community.

From the 25th November to the 10th December we give voice to those that have been silenced. But for this campaign to be a success we must play our part in it, and as the saying goes it “charity starts at home. We must as individuals and as a collective safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse.    

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #NotOneMore and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. The aim of the campaign is to get South Africans to be an active part of the fight to eradicate VAW&C; hence the theme: “Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.”

 

What is violence against women and children?

Violence can come in different 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. Women and children in their homes, at work, at schools, on our streets, in our communities suffer this form of violence for various reasons.

 

  • Violence brought on my poverty, starvation, humiliation and degradation, especially against women and children. Poverty, inequality and unemployment are conditions under which violence thrives.

 

What can you do to raise awareness and take your stand?

  • Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period: This symbolizes peace and the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.

 

  • Volunteer in support of Non-Governmental Organizations and community groups who support abused women and children. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions.

 

  • Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.

 

  • Report child abuse to the police. Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.

 

  • Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.

 

  • Spread the message on social media using #UniteAgainstAbuse.

 

  • The United Nation also has a project going called Orange your world, where countries have an orange light on their most famous monuments to further drive the message of uniting against Gender-based Violence. Send pictures of yourself, family, community and family of how you have #OrangedYourWorld

 

Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Share your thoughts with us via our social media account, or comment below and what you have done to raise awareness against Gender-Based Violence 

 
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