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Organisations heed the call to raise awareness about abuse

Police say door-to-door visits play a vital role in educating people about abuse against women and children.

FILE: Government officially launched the campaign last week under the banner “count me in, together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africa marks 16 days of activism, various organisations have heeded the call to raise awareness about woman and child abuse.

Government officially launched the campaign last week under the banner "count me in, together moving a non-violent South Africa forward".

Gauteng police say door-to-door visits play a vital role in educating people about the crime.

Police spokesperson Constance Moalusi said, "We are trying to make sure that there is no crime against women and children where they can report and how they can deal with the issues so that we can minimize it. Educating communities decreases crime in our areas."

Meanwhile, the University of South Africa (Unisa) says research and community engagement initiatives have revealed women with disabilities tend to experience violence and abuse in amplified proportions compared to other women.

Unisa's Dr Sindile Ngubane-Mokiwa says educating communities plays a vital role in dispelling cultural myths that perpetuate the abuse of women with disabilities.

"We need to come down to the people and talk to them so that we can open doors to sharing on how access to education can give somebody the power to stand against kind of violation of their human rights."