The 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Based Violence campaign starts on the 25th November 2017. If you are planning on using Social Media Marketing to help raise awareness during 16 Days, here are the top hashtags to use:
WHAT IS THE 16 DAYS ACTIVISM? – Written by Parliament Of The Republic Of South Africa
It is a WORLDWIDE Campaign to OPPOSE VIOLENCE against WOMEN and CHILDREN
It aims to raise awareness of the NEGATIVE impact that VIOLENCE and ABUSE have on WOMEN and CHILDREN and to RID society of ABUSE PERMANENTLY
WHEN DOES THE CAMPAIGN TAKE PLACE?
The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is held from 25 November to 10 December every year. However, the success of this campaign rests on our daily individual and collective actions to safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN?
It stems from the low status of women in the home and in society. It happens when men abuse POWER and positions of authority in order to CONTROL women and children
WHAT IS ABUSE?
Any form of behaviour that causes:
- bodily harm
- a person to do things against their will
EXAMPLES OF ABUSE:
- Sexual Harassment
- Child Abuse
DO YOU KNOW…
that Parliament has passed laws to protect the rights of individuals against abuse?
The Domestic Violence Act of 1998
The Maintenance Act of 1998
The Promotion of Equity and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000
The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act) Amendment Act of 2007
THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENT
The role of Parliament includes the promotion of human dignity, equality, non-racialism, non-sexism and the supremacy of the Constitution. Parliament upholds citizens’ human rights and oversees the implementation of constitutional imperatives. This includes, but is not limited to, passing of legislation that prevents or prohibits unfair discrimination to people based on race and gender.
The vision of Parliament confirms Parliament as the institution that transforms the entire society to be based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, which include women’s and children’s rights. With regard to this, Parliament has already made strides in passing legislation aimed at ending this scourge in society.
DON’T BE A VICTIM!
BREAK THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
BREAK THE SILENCE
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
ACT AGAINST ABUSE
DO NOT LOOK AWAY!