10 December 2012

South Africa: 16 Days Campaign to End On High Note

Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN
File Photo: Women and child

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will mark the closing of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign by launching the National Council Against Gender-Based Violence.

The council will facilitate the provision of help and response to victims and survivors of gender-based violence, adopt comprehensive measures to address violence against women and children, and coordinate the 365 Days National Plan of Action against Gender-Based Violence.

The council will be chaired by the Deputy President, with a dedicated secretariat located in the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

Motlanthe will on Monday address the closing ceremony of the 16 Days campaign at Ben Marais Hall in Rustenburg, North West province. Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele and the deputy ministers of justice, transport and police will also be in attendance.

Various organisations representing men, people with disability, as well as representatives of the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa, Bikers: Ride on Speak Out, the United Nations and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, are expected to deliver messages of support.

During the ceremony, a moment of silence will be observed in honour of gender-based violence victims.

The 16 Days campaign is observed annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). This year marks the 13th anniversary of the campaign.


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