In 1998, South Africa signed on to an international awareness drive called the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. Almost 20 years later, we’re still going strong.
The annual campaign – which started on November 25 and ends on Human Rights Day (December 10) – has several goals, according to the government:
There are many ways to support the campaign. You can: wear a white ribbon for the 16-day period; volunteer at an NGO or community group; report child abuse to the police; encourage children to report bullying; encourage victims to speak out; and spread the message on social networks.
To help raise awareness, The Big Issue invites anyone with thoughts, comments or a story to tell regarding violence against women or children (and/or overcoming such aggression) to email us your insights. We will post these stories on our website – with your permission – either anonymously or attributed to you.
Reporting domestic violence
Keep these numbers handy, and use them wisely:
Read more about the campaign on the official Facebook Page