Govt to launch 16 Days of Activism campaign

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pretoria - For the next 16 days all sectors of South African society will be mobilised to act together against abuse and to support the victims and survivors of abuse.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign will be launched later today by the Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya and the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Yunus Carrim.

The launch will include a ceremony where the Torch of Peace will be lit.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is a partnership between government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs), business, traditional leaders, state-owned enterprises (SoEs), civil society and the media to raise awareness about the abuse of women and children.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the campaign and stakeholders will be expected to take stock of the work done in the past decade and raise further awareness about the abuse of women and children.

The launch at the Union Buildings will be attended by a number of ministers and senior government officials as well as leaders of civil society.