Navy to march in Pretoria in support of 16 days

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pretoria - In support of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, the South African Navy members will on Thursday march in the City of Tshwane.

The parade will assemble at Church Square around 10am and will go through via Church Street and end at Naval Mess Pretoria, Arcadia.

A number of guest speakers will address issues related to 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children.

"The campaign will focus specifically at generating increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children as well as a society as a whole," the department of Defence said on Wednesday.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is a United Nations-endorsed initiative and therefore a global campaign seeking to raise global consciousness on the epidemic of gender and child violence besetting society.

Permeating all societal sectors across nations, this awareness is intended to rouse the whole country into action to eventually eradicate violence and further cure society of its negative effects.

In addition, the campaign will include commemorations of the International HIV and AIDS Day on 1 December, the International Disability Day on 3rd and International Human Rights on 10th December.

This year the campaign's theme is to "Commit, Act, Demand: We can end violence against women and children."