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16 Days of Activism: How you can get involved

Government will officially launch its campaign for no violence against women and children on Wednesday.

The logo for this year's 16 Days of activism for no violence against women and children. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Government will officially launch its campaign for 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children in Mahikeng on Wednesay.

The department of women has already garnered support from the public with its #365Days campaign that calls for an end to the plight of abuse.

Yesterday community members gathered at the Rhodes Park for a candle vigil for the victims attacked and killed in a gang-related crime in October.

#365DaysOfActivism for no violence against Women and Children. Candle light Ceremony at Rhodes Park pic.twitter.com/CVIdUZawCr

This year's campaign will run under the banner, 'Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward'.

To highlight the impact of abuse on women and children the department has provided ways that you can actively participate or pledge your support.

What can you do?

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

  • Participate in the various 16 days of activism events and activities.

  • Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children: Many organisations need assistance from the public. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions. Help plant a garden at a shelter, sponsor plastic tables and chairs for kids at a clinic or join an organisation as a counsellor. Use your skills and knowledge to help the victims of 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.

  • Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).

  • Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children.

  • Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence.

  • Join community policing forums (CPFs): The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. The goal is to bring about effective crime prevention by launching intelligence-driven crime-prevention projects in partnership with the local community.

Click here for more information.

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