16 days of activism – how can you play your part?

Every year, we observe 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. This campaign is not just about government and celebrities talking about abuse, but every one of us can play a part in making sure the message of the campaign is received. Here’s how.

Report abuse

This is never easy to do, but it’s necessary in ending the cycle of abuse. If you’re aware of someone who’s experiencing abuse or are a victim of it, I encourage you to do something about it. You can go to the police or speak to a representative at the Tears Foundation, by dialing *134*7355#. You can also reach out to POWA at a branch near you or by calling 0116424345.

Support victims

The cycle of abuse is often continued through things like victim-blaming, which discourages victims from speaking out – making it easier for perpetrators to get away without consequence. You can play your part by not taking part in victim blaming and calling out people who do it in your community and online.

Raise awareness

Having conversations about gender-based violence and abuse can help victims feel supported and speak out, while teaching people about the issue and helping to prevent it. When we talk about what abuse really looks like, we educate people and can possibly help them make better decisions in the future.

Support NGOs

There are a lot of NGO’s that fight against women and child abuse. These NGOs can make an even bigger difference with your support and volunteer efforts. If you know of a shelter or charity that helps victims of abuse and their families, reach out to them and offer your support.

This annual campaign aims to make a difference in a country where abuse and violence are such huge issues. If we all play our part, we can make a difference and ensure that victims of abuse are supported and heard, while working to prevent abuse from happening by using the individual platforms we have. Remember, you can also use the #donewithsilence on your social media to help raise awareness and break the silence around abuse and violence.

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).