Imagine a world where violence against women and children is not just a headline but a historical footnote. This is the vision that drives the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign. Running from November 25 to December 10, this campaign has become a pivotal moment in South Africa’s fight against gender-based violence (GBV). In this article, we delve into the essence of the 16 Days of Activism and its profound significance.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign is part of a global United Nations campaign. It begins on November 25, the International Day of No Violence against Women, and concludes on December 10, Human Rights Day, symbolically linking violence against women and human rights and emphasizing that such violence is a violation of human rights.
In South Africa, a country grappling with high rates of GBV, the campaign transcends an annual event; it’s a clarion call for sustained action. The campaign is at the heart of the government’s comprehensive 365 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. This initiative integrates various efforts, collaborations, and partnerships across governmental and non-governmental sectors. It aims to create awareness, drive policy changes, and foster a national ethos of zero tolerance towards gender-based violence.
Actively engage with organizations leading the battle against GBV by considering volunteering, donating, or even amplifying their mission through your networks. Your involvement, especially during the 16 Days of Activism and beyond, can create lasting change and bring us closer to ending gender-based violence. Some notable organizations include:
Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC):
The Frida Hartley Shelter:
People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA):
Rape Crisis Centre:
Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development:
If you or someone you know needs to report gender-based violence or seek help, these numbers and websites can be lifesaving. Keep them accessible:
SAPS Crime Stop:
Gender-Based Violence Command Centre:
Stop Gender Violence Helpline:
Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA):
National Crisis Line (Lifeline):
Having these numbers and websites at your fingertips can make a critical difference in urgent situations. Remember, reaching out for help is a brave and necessary step in the journey to safety and healing.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence serves as a reminder that the fight against GBV is ongoing and requires our collective effort. In South Africa, where the impact of GBV is deeply felt, this campaign provides a platform for change, advocacy, and empowerment. Let us stand together in solidarity, advocating for a society where safety, respect, and equality are the norms, not only during these 16 days but every day.