Cape Town, 25 November 2020 –
Violence in our society is often the symptom of deeper social problems. Enduring violence and abuse is the reality of many South Africans which together, we can change by standing up and speaking out, especially for women and children.
The International, 16 Days of Activism campaign focuses on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children, and the social fabric of our society.
The campaign starts on 25 November and ends on 10 December every year.
Why is this campaign important?
The rights of women and children are fundamental human rights protected by our national Constitution. Gender-based and child violence, in all its different forms, devalues human dignity and the self-worth of the abused person and must be stopped in our society. The campaign can only succeed if we stand together to safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse.
What is abuse?
Abuse is any form of harm which can include when someone is:
hurting your body physically or sexually, insulting you, or threatens you with violence, harassing you sexually, humiliating and degrading you at home or in public, controlling how you use your money, preventing you from getting or keeping a job, or to see friends or relatives, stalking you, by following you or visits you without your permission, harming your health or wellbeing, or monitoring your phone calls and telling you where you can and can’t go.
What’s the purpose of the campaign?
The campaign aims to:
Generate an increased level of awareness among all South Africans about the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.
Stand up to perpetrators of these offenses to change their behavior.
Enhance and increase partnerships between government, the private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, and the media to spread the message.