16 Days of Activism against Gender and Child-based Violence
The campaign will start on 25 November and run for 16 days. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender and Child-Based Violence Campaign continues the theme of â€œFrom Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Letâ€™s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women and Children!â€ in 2013.
The 2013 16 Days Campaign advocates for awareness and action on the multi-faceted intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, while highlighting the connection between the struggle for economic and social rights and ending gender-based violence.
The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
Â· Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
Â· Strengthening local work around violence against women
Â· Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
Â· Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
Â· Creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.
Teachers and schools may wish to use this information to raise awareness among children and parents. NAPTOSA has supported this campaign over a number of years. The themes of the campaign are even more relevant today in the light of the reported incidents of violence in schools. Class projects, school assemblies, parent meetings etc could be vehicles for drawing attention to this scourge.
The Center for Womenâ€™s Global Leadership has developed materials for the Take Action Kit 2013, which contains resources to help support activities during the 16 Days Campaign. Click on the following link http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/ to download the kit or to request a hard copy.
Dates to diarize
25 November â€“ International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women
01 December - International World AIDS Day
03 December â€“ International day of Persons with Disabilities
10 December â€“ International Human Rights Day
Where to get help
Counselling and support for women
National Crisis Helpline (Lifeline) 0861 322 322
Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline 0800 150 150
People Opposed to Women Abuse 011 642 4345
Legal Aid Board 011 845 4311
Campaigns for men who support no violence
Men as Partners Project 011 833 0504
South African Police Service 10111