Say no to violence against women and children #16days
25 November 2015 marks the start of the United Nations’ international campaign called 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Girls. This annual campaign takes place in the 16 days between 25 November and 10 December. South Africa is a participant in the global campaign and in 2015 the South African campaign is called: 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children 2015.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites people to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls” in 2015.
For more info on the UN’s campaign, follow these links:
Cause for Justice supports this worldwide campaign and will be launching its own campaign during the aforementioned 16 days “#16days Say no to violence against women and children”.
The campaign is instituted to raise awareness regarding the negative effects of violence against women and children on society as a whole and to take action against it. Various international activism days fall within the 16 days campaign such as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, International Human Rights Day and World AIDS Day.
Objectives of CFJ’s campaign:
- Raise awareness of the issue.
- Invite all South Africans to participate in this campaign to fight gender-based violence.
- Expand accountability within communities
- Use social media as a platform by posting information such as statistics, active involvement strategies to partake in during the 16 days of activism, share help lines and other useful information.
- We will share on Twitter and Facebook: #16days
Where to get help:
Abuse reporting is a social responsibility. It is your responsibility to report any women or child abuse you are aware of, or suspect, is taking place as follows:
Sexual Offences: Your closest police station who will notify the SAPS Family Violence and Sexual Offences Unit
Physical abuse/Domestic Violence: Your closest police station or the Provincial Department of Social Development.
Neglect: Provincial Department of Social Development
Child labour: Police or the Department of Labour
Human trafficking: South Africa is a source and a destination. Human trafficking grows by the minute and exceeds the sale of drugs and weapons combined. Contact the police, http://www.stoptrafficking.org.za and/or www.psaru.co.za.
SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10111
Gender-Based Violence Command Centre: 0800 428 428/0800 GBV GBV
STOP Gender Violence Helpline: 0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone
Childline- Report child abuse: 0800 055 555
SA National Council for Child Welfare: Tel: (011) 339 5741
Crisis Line: 0861 574747
National Crisis Line- Counselling Service: 086 132 2322
AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322 / 011 725 6710
Human trafficking: 08000 737 283 (08000 rescue) / 082 455 3664