22 Nov

22 November 2023

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign is an international campaign that takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The 16 Days Campaign serves as the focal point for the government, communities, and organizations fighting for a comprehensive law that condemns violence against women and children.

16 Days of Activism aims to raise awareness and celebrate global initiatives that promote gender equality in the workplace, society, and other spheres of life. To bring about a good shift in gender equity, it seeks to increase awareness of gender bias and stigma.

Raising awareness

Raising awareness on gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) is supportive to all as it gives us a chance to emphasize the distinctive experiences of those who might not otherwise be able to speak out on specific challenges or who face particular difficulties or barriers because of their gender.

Women, gender minorities, and similarly oppressed groups may come together to discuss experiences, resources, and support while working toward equality throughout the 16 days of activism.

Observing 16 Days of Activism:

To observe Gender Equality Month, you might consider partaking in activities that aim to raise awareness of gender inequality issues and promote the acceptance and support of all minorities. A few ways to do this could include:


• Take an active stance against GBV in your workplace, communities, and homes:

• Address the issue with customs and behaviours that support gender inequality and the mistreatment of women and children that results on a personal and societal level.

Play your part:

• Don’t look the other way—reject and condemn abusers! Take a stand against gender based violence.

• Challenge and condemn cultural norms that support gender inequality

• Show compassion and support for GBV victims by providing helpful information and lending your support to community organizations.

• Protect children from exposure to violence and harmful content on the internet and social media, including pornography, sexual solicitation

• Create policies that address and prevent gender-based violence in your sector, place of employment, and local communities.

• Arrange discussions and focused community outreach about creating a culture where gender roles are equal.

We commemorate 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness of the injustices women, girls, and members of minority genders may experience. Let’s work together to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children at home, at work, and in our communities.

Stop Gender Violence Helpline: 0800 150 150 or Please Call Me: *120* 7867# (supported by a USSD).

Ref: www.betterhelp.com www.gov.za www.uasa.org.za









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