click here >>>

For more information   Click here >>>

Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Wellington hosts launch of 16 days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children

alt

The 16 days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children Campaign was recently launched at the CPUT Wellington campus.

This national campaign takes place annually between 25 November, which is the International Day of No Violence Against Women, and 10 December, which is international Human Rights Day.

The campaign, which is in its tenth year, aims to mobilise all sectors of South African society to act together against abuse.

This year’s provincial launch, which took place on 25 November 2009, was coordinated by the Provincial Department of Social Development.

Members of the CPUT community, government officials and individuals representing civic orgnaisations from across the province attended the launch.

Addressing the more than 250 delegates at the event, Thsolo Moloi, the Director of the Victim Empowermnet Programme, which is located within the National Department of Social Development called on all South Africans to support the campaign.

“Wear a white ribbon or get involved in various community activities,” she said.

The campaign, themed ""Don't look away, Act against abuse"" urges communities, civil society, government and all stakeholders to act in order to stop the rampant cases of abuse.

Moloi said government will need to strengthen collaboration with civil society orgnaisations in order to make a difference in the lives of women and children.

During the event, the Department of Social Development in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a booklet titled “No Excuse for Abuse.”

Derrick Schroeder, from the Department of the Premier said: “We are going to distribute 30 000 copies in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa in the Western Cape during the next 16 days,”

The booklet outlines the different types of abuse and the rights of women and children.

It also provides contact numbers of all orgnaisations, hospitals and police stations that can assist victims of abuse.

Sharon Kouta, from UNODC, said they will host workshops on the booklet with civic orgnaisations.

Kouta said next year, their orgnaisation will not host major events to commemorate specific days, but instead hold programmes or workshops with civic orgnaisations in order to equip communities with the tools to combat abuse.

“Abuse is not an individual problem, it is a societal problem,” she said.

By Candes Keating

Photographs: (Clockwise) Department of Social Development banner; Sharon Kouta, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Thsolo Moloi, the Director of the Victim Empowermnet Programme, at the National Department of Social Development

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za