Imagine if no rape or child abuse took place in South Africa for 16 days. That’s the challenge posed by the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign — for South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it permanent.
Throughout the country, South Africans are being called on to combat violence against women and children. This appeal is fully supported by Women in Action (WIA) which started the “Save a Tamar” campaign to oppose abuse on Women’s Day, 9th August this year.
This is the 11th year that South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
While the campaign only runs for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.
Despite our renowned Constitution and a legislative framework which safeguards women’s and children’s rights, South Africa still witnesses high levels of violence against women and children. Government, business, civil society, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.
In its four-month long campaign against women and child abuse, WiA members have repeated the message that abuse stripped women of their dignity and most women in society could not strike back at those who abused them.