Overview of 16 Days of Activism Campaign

Overview of 16 Days of Activism Campaign

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The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November to 10 December. The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

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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 on all members of the community.
At the launch of the 16 Days Campaign on 25 of November 2014, President Jacob Zuma said that activism against gender-based violence should be a year long campaign and not limited to 16 days.

The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign to name a few are to:
  • Attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: Count me in.
  • Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
  • Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.
  • Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.

What is government doing?

The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill provides government with the legislative authority to fast-track the empowerment of women and address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of our target of 50/50 gender parity.
On 6 June 2011, Government launched the Strategy and Guidelines on Children Working and Living in the Streets. This Strategy provides guidance on the services and programmes to be rendered to children living and working in the streets.
The Green Paper on Families seeks to strengthen and support families as the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.
Since 1994, Government has developed several pieces of legislation to redress the wrongs affecting women and children.

Achievement of 16 days of activism

Since the adoption of the campaighn the parliament has passed laws to protect the rights of individuals against abuse?
THEY ARE:

  • The Domestic Violence Act of 1998
  • The Children’s Act of 2005
  • The Maintenance Act of 1998
  • The Promotion of Equity and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000
  • The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act) Amendment Act of 2007.

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