It’s time to for our voices to shout from the rooftops: ‘No more violence against women and children!’ The 16 Days of Activism campaign endeavours to spread awareness, discuss the causes and find solutions to curb this epidemic. Show your support by wearing a white ribbon and using the hashtag, #CountMeIn on social media platforms.
Since 1993, Marie Stopes South Africa has been empowering women and spearheading their right to high-quality, effective sexual and reproductive healthcare. In support of 16 Days of Activism, MSSA wants every woman to know that #IAMSTRONG and they don’t need to suffer in silence any longer.
The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:
- Encourage all South Africans to support the fight against violence of women and children. This is your time to be heard.
- Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
- Use social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the traumatic effects of violence against women and children.
- Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to understand that we are collectively responsible for fighting this repulsive scourge taking place on the planet.
- Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate all types of abuse that occur within South Africa.
- Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us. We need to be unified in our mission to eliminate violence against women and children.
Different types of violence
There are different types of physical abuse, which is defined as ‘any intended behaviour that causes trauma, injury and any other type of bodily harm’; even a push or a slap is considered to be physical abuse.
Like physical abuse, emotional abuse is ‘intentional violence that causes psychological trauma which includes anxiety, chronic depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)’.
Here is what you can do to support 16 Days of Activism against the abuse of women and children:
- Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period.
- Participate in the various ‘16 Days of Activism’ events and activities.
- Speak out against woman and child abuse.
- Join community policing forums (CPFs).
The bottom line is that MSSA fully supports 16 Days of Activism and will always provide essential healthcare services for women and children who have suffered sexual abuse.
We say #CountMeIn to help eradicate violence and abuse against women and children in South Africa.
Where to get help:
What if you are abused [PDF]
Service contacts [PDF]
Key dates to be observed during the 16 Days of Activism:
25 November: International Day of No Violence Against Women
29 November: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
1 December: World Aids Day
3 December: International Day for the Disabled
10 December: International Human Rights Day