The South Africa government over the weekend launched the annual 16 days of activism campaign, which aims to curb violence against women and children. The campaign which usually targets the month of December.
South Africa for years has struggled to control or detour violence against women and children. South Africa has been rated as one of the countries with high sexual assaults and rape in world. This failure as resulted in many protests by women, civil society group, and gender based violence groups, throughout the years across the country in universities and government buildings.
Critics of the campaign believe it has no effect, as assaults, rape and murders of women still continue to increase in South Africa as reported by ewn.co.za. Unknown the less the government has carried on with the campaign with this year’s theme being #HearMeToo which as at shedding light or give a voice to the survivors of abuse.
If you, or someone you know, experienced abuse or assault contact: GBV Command Centre on 0800 428 428.Childline can be reached on 0800 055 555.
The TEARS Foundation is an NPO specialising in the assistance and support network for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. They can be reached on 010 590 5920 or *134* 7355#
Report all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence to a local police station or call the toll-free Crime Stop number: 086 00 10111.
By Mokgethi Mtezuka