16 Days of Activism - No Violence Against Women and Children
The 16 Days of Activism - “No Violence Against Women and Children” - is an international awareness-raising campaign, which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). This is preceded by the Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and also encompassing other key dates, namely:
-International Women Human Rights Defenders Day – 29 November;
-World AIDS Day - 1 December;
-International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December; and
-The Montreal Massacre - 6 December.
This collective event, widely known as the 16 Days of Activism, calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and children. It is unfortunate that violence against women and children has encroached into schools as well. As activists around the world and in South Africa commemorate 16 Days of Activism, NAPTOSA wants to focus attention on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees in lower positions, those seeking promotions, young and temporary educators can be regarded as vulnerable employees. These employees are therefore susceptible to sexual harassment. NAPTOSA calls for the eradication of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Behaviour deemed as sexual harassment include the following acts: