SOWETO TODAY | 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN
This year marks the 19th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in South Africa.
The 16 Days of Activism Campaign focuses primarily on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children, as well as on society as a whole.
It is also focused on seeking prevention interventions to the on-going violence perpetrated on women and children. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December. The period includes South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.
The theme for 2017 is, “COUNT ME IN: TOGETHER MOVING A NON-VIOLENT SOUTH AFRICA FORWARD”.
The incidents of femicides in South Africa is five times the global average and one in five women are assaulted by their partner. It is a problem that has a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and families, in South Africa and in every country around the world.
On the 13 of November 2017, A bold new movement, called #NOEXCUSE, was Launched and it will initially run during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
#NOEXCUSE is a long-term, five-year initiative with the inaugural supporters being Carling Black Label and Takuwami Riime! A consortium of non-governmental and civic organisations that focus on driving positive change amongst South Africa Men.
REFILOE MOTSEI TALKS TO GAUTENG MEN’S SECTOR CHAIRPERSON, SETJHABA RANTHAKO AND THEY JOIN THE #NOEXCUSE WALK IN CAPE TOWN.