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The Dobsonville Human Rights Advice Centre paralegal, Martha Chauke spoke about 16 Days of activism in detail on the Exclusive Mzansi Show, Hillbrow Radio’s CJN slot with Bongani.

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The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 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. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.

Objectives of the campaign

  • To attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: “Count me in”.
  • Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
  • Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.
  • Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.
  • Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is not a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.
  • Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.

Violence takes many forms, for example:

  • 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 caused by many factors. Women and children in their homes, at work, at schools, on our streets, in our communities suffer this form of violence for various reasons.
  • Another terrible blight of our democracy is the violence of poverty, starvation, humiliation and degradation, especially against women and children. Poverty, inequality and unemployment are conditions under which violence thrives.

 Where to get help?

Service contacts

SAPS Crime Stop

08600 10111

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre

0800 428428/0800 GBV GBV

STOP Gender Violence Helpline

0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone

Childline- Report child abuse

0800 055 555

Elderly people helpline

0800 003 081

Family and Marriage Society of South Africa – Advice on family relationships

011 975 7107

Thuthuzela Care Centres-

012 8456136

Suicide Crisis Line

0800 567 567

Alcoholics Anonymous SA

0861 435 722 Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 121 314

Narcotics Anonymous SA

0839 00 69 62

Mental Health Information Line

0800 567 567

AIDS Helpline

0800 012 322 / 011 725 6710

National Anti-Corruption Hotline

0800 701 701

Disaster Operations Centre

080 911 4357

Crisis Line

0861 574747

National Crisis Line – Counselling Service

086 132 2322

Human Trafficking

08000 737 283 (08000 rescue) / 082 455 3664

SASSA- Grants enquiries

0800 60 10 11 or CPS 0800 60 01 60

SA National Council for Child Welfare

011 339 5741

Legal Aid South Africa

0800 110 110

Presidential hotline – Unresolved service delivery complaints

17737 (1 PRES)

National Anti-corruption Forum

0800 701 701

Cancer Association of South Africa

0800 22 66 22

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