Government to launch 16 Days of Activism campaign

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (NSP – GBVF) will be among the awareness activities to take centre stage during this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children .

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is an international United Nations-endorsed initiative that takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) .

The period was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to raise public awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) in line with resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999 .

Other key commemorative days observed annually during this period include World AIDS Day on 1 December, and the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December .

This year marks the 25th anniversary since South Africa initiated the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign .

The 16 Days campaign focuses on raising awareness to the devastating impact that gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) has on women and children, and the social fabric of society .

Government will launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign on 25 November 2023 at the Nsikazi Stadium in Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province .

This year’s campaign will be observed under the theme: “Accelerating actions to end gender-based violence and femicide: leaving no one behind” .

The sub-theme for this year is: “Safe access for women to clean water: a basic human right” .

The theme speaks to the importance of ensuring an all-society and multi-faceted approach to fight GBVF .

The sub-theme seeks to address barriers women face in safely accessing water and sanitation in South Africa .

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