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Speak out on violence against women and children

Written by Albert Pule

Government calls on all South Africans, especially men, to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

Every year, during this time, government and civil society organisations work together to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women and children.

What can you do during the campaign?

  • Wear a white ribbon during the 16-day period. A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.
  • Volunteer at a non-governmental organisation or community group that supports abused women and children.
  • Donate to organisations working to end violence against women and children.
  • Speak out against women and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police and encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.
  • Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.
  • Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children.

Where to get help

If you are abused or you know someone who is abused you can call:

  • National Crisis Helpline (Lifeline) - 0861 322 322.
  • Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline - 0800 150 150.
  • People Opposed to Women Abuse - 011 642 4345.
  • Family and Marriage Society of South Africa - 012 460 0733.
  • National Network on Violence Against Women - 012 321 4959.
  • Counselling and support for children: Childline - 0800 055 555.
  • Campaigns for men who support no violence: Men as Partners Project - 011 833 0504.