Held every year from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign that raises awareness about violence against women and children.
Regardless of South Africa’s world-renowned Constitution and a legislature that safeguard women’s rights, violence against women and children remains at unacceptable levels. The violence takes different forms such as sexual harassment, abuse, assault, rape, domestic violence and other cultural practices that are harmful to women and children.
The campaign aims to:
- Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour
- Involve men in helping to eradicate violence
- Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives
Municipality Watchdog urges all residents to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon to show their solidarity. A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.