16 Days

Preventing the Scourge of Gender-Based Violence

It is estimated that one in five women in South Africa are victims of gender-based violence (GBV) annually. This chilling statistic alone should be enough to indicate that there is a need to stand up and stamp out the prevalence of GBV in society. But when we consider that the violence carried out is often directed at women and children who comprise a significant proportion of our country’s youth, it becomes a critical matter of safeguarding our future.

Call for Men to Fight Gender Violence

According to the United Nations, one in three women will be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime, translating to one billion women who are both directly and indirectly affected by gender violence.
The gender-based violence (GBV) Indicators Study carried out by Gender Links in six countries of Southern Africa, show that the most predominant form of GBV experienced by women and perpetrated by men occurs within intimate partnerships.

NGO Takes GBV Fight to Rural Areas

The Eastern Cape Childline office and Masimanyane Women's Support Centre are taking their programmes to rural areas as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

The organisations will launch their programme at Nxarhuni village, Eastern Cape, an area which was chosen for the launch as it has experienced a number of violent crimes against women in the past six months.

NGO Works Towards Reducing GBV

There are five more days before the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign ends, however, the alarming incidents of women's abuse remain a serious concern.

NGOs such as Thusanang Advice Centre in Phuthaditjhaba in the eastern Free State, has been contributing towards the reduction of gender-based violence.

SABC, NGO, Unite Against GBV

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has officially kicked off its 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in South Africa.
The public broadcaster is calling upon Men of Honour to take a stand and say no to violence against women and children.
SABC group communications officer, Kaizer Kganyago, says that, “SABC will be utilising all 18 radio stations and four television channels to make sure that they highlight this serious issue.”

Ensure Women Have Access to Justice: Ngcuka

Commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women, says their focus in the year ahead will be on preventing gender-based violence before it happens.
Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling for commitments and zero tolerance from the highest levels of leadership that ensure all women have access to justice and are supported by essential services.

Measuring is Key to Addressing GBV

25 November marks the beginning of the Sixteen Days of No Violence Against Women Campaign. Since 1991, Sixteen Days of Activism has been used as a global organising strategy by individuals, civil society and governments to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Twenty-three years later, we are tempted to despair over the prospects of a losing battle. The statistics are frightening and qualify gender-based violence (GBV) as a pandemic needing urgent attention.

Govt Reveals Shocking Stats as 16 Days Ends

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says the continuing violence and abuse of women and children in spite of the 16 Days Campaign is an indictment of the country`s efforts.

Motlanthe revealed shocking statistics on the prevalence of violence against women and children stating that five out of seven children are abused, and 90 percent of women are experiencing emotional and physical abuse.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the campaign in Rustenburg, Motlanthe also highlighted that 71 percent are abused sexually while 58 percent are experiencing economic abuse.

Developing Girls’ Belief in Themselves

The year is about to come to an abrupt end, and with it, a flurry of social justice and human rights activity. Kicking off with Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, and moving into 16 Days of Activism, running from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Women and Children Abuse to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), and in between, December 1, World AIDS Day.


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