16 days of Activism for no violence against woman and children

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President Jacob Zuma, together with the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, will launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign on the International Day for No Violence against Women and Children in partnership with the North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo, at Naauwpoort village in Mafikeng, North West, on 25 November 2015.

Minister Shabangu will be accompanied by the Premier of North West, Supra Mahumapelo, and members of the North West Executive Council.

The theme for the campaign is: “Count Me In: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.

The campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday, challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.

The 16 Days of Activism is a United Nations campaign. It takes place annually from the 25th of November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to the 10th of December (International Human Rights Day).

The days cover other significant dates such as International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29 November and World Aids Day on 1 December.

Director for Communication in the department of women, Charlotte Lobe, says the opening ceremony will take the form of an interactive session with community members.

Representatives from the Gender Commission People Opposing Women Abuse, Gender Commission, ChildLine and Disabled People South Africa will join. 

LINDIWE MATHEBULA