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 “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women and Children!” 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:

·  Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels

·     Strengthening local work around violence against women

·     Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women

·     Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies

·     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 Women’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 – International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women

01 December - International World AIDS Day

03 December – International day of Persons with Disabilities

10 December – 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 assistance

   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