16 Days of Activism has started heres how to get involved

Most people have causes that mean something to them because they’d like to see change or play a part in making that change a reality. Sometimes, one of the things that discourage people from participating in causes like this one is the fact that they don’t know how to get involved. If you’re also wondering about this, here are a few tips:

Wear a white ribbon

For the duration of the campaign (25 November – 10 December), you can show your solidarity and support by wearing a white ribbon as a symbol of choosing peace. A white ribbon shows that you agree to never commit or condone violence against women and children.

Volunteer your time

Not everyone has the financial means to support organisations that offer victims and survivors the help they need. However, you can contribute by volunteering to assist with cooking, cleaning, or any other day-to-day tasks that the shelter or organisation may need help with. This is just as meaningful as donating money.

Be #DoneWithSilence

You can always use your voice to speak out against all forms of violence; especially towards women and children. You can also make an impact by encouraging victims to be #DoneWithSilence and assisting them with getting help. You can do this by accompanying them to the nearest police station.

Spread awareness

You can use your social media for good by spreading awareness. Find the relevant hashtags and accounts to follow and share their content. You can also encourage your loved ones to be part of the conversation and spread awareness by speaking up and educating others about the importance of this campaign.

Being a victim of abuse is a violation that nobody asks for – or deserves. And unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. If you or someone you know are a victim of gender-based violence, it’s important to seek help so you can end the cycle.

If you are scared of reporting the crime at your local police station, you can always call the following helplines for assistance:

LifeLine: 011 728 1347

National counselling line: 0861 322 322

Stop Gender Violence helpline: 0800 150 150

People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) helpline: 083 765 1235