13 December 2012

South Africa: '16 Days' Event Empowers E Cape Community

Lusikisiki — Gender-based violence and crimes against children and the elderly are everyday occurrences in the Eastern Cape village of Mcobothini. In fact, crime statistics for the area show that more than half (55 percent) of all women and children living there fall victim to violence.

In an attempt to address the high level of gender-based violence in this region the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) recently held a community gathering as part of their campaign during the “16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children”.

The event drew a large number of people from the community and representatives from various government departments, including the South African Police Service, Department of Health, Social Services and the Department of Justice, attended.

According to a participant, the government representatives showed a lot of interest in the event, and also used the opportunity to educate people on the right course of action should they be the victim of a crime.

Community members were empowered by the event and commented that the “16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children” should be held throughout the year and not only in December as there was a drop in violent incidents following the campaign.

Mtshana Mvlisi is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Lusikisiki in the OR Tambo health district in the Eastern Cape.

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