Why 16 Days of Activism is so important

Yesterday marked the first day of the International 16 Days of Activism campaign that focuses on the elimination of violence against women and children. Read on to find out why this campaign is important.

What is the campaign about?

The International 16 Days of Activism campaign calls for action and unity to raise awareness about gender-based violence, especially towards women and children. It also highlights the negative impact violence has on victims and society in general.

The goal of this campaign is to take a stand against gender-based violence and to encourage everyone to work together towards finding lasting solutions to this problem.

Why is this campaign important?

According to the South African constitution, we all have fundamental (basic) human rights. As much as you’re entitled to these rights, it’s also your responsibility to respect other people’s rights. Unfortunately, gender-based violence is a violation of these rights because it devalues the right to human dignity as well as the self-worth of victims.

Some of the campaign’s objectives are as follows: 

  • Generate awareness about the negative impact of women and child abuse.
  • Raise funds for NGOs that provide support to the victims and survivors of violence.
  • Offer survivors of abuse the support they need, and provide information on services and organisations that can help reduce the impact of violence on their lives.
  • Actively engage with men and boys about combating violence in their surroundings (like at home or at school).

The reality is, violence against women and children is a global problem and it requires each and every one of us to work together to overcome it. Even though this campaign highlights these issues for 16 days, it’s important that we raise awareness and take part in the fight against violence every single day.

If you’re a victim of emotional, physical or sexual abuse, don’t be afraid to seek help. You can simply call these numbers:

Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline: 0800 150 150

Childline: 0800 055 555

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).