The point of the 16 days

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Solly Maphumulo

THE 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren is an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign.

It takes place ev­ery year from Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 10.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments run cam­paigns to make peo­ple aware of the neg­a­tive ef­fect of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren and to act against abuse.

South Africans are urged to support the cam­paign by wear­ing a white rib­bon.

The rib­bon is a sym­bol of com­mit­ment not to com­mit vi­o­lence against or abuse of women. Men and boys are en­cour­aged to talk about abuse and to ac­tively dis­cour­age such be­hav­iour.

The cam­paign also chal­lenges the per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence to change their be­hav­iour and to erad­i­cate vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren. –

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