The national convenor of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children said yesterday the campaign has involved more women than before.
"The campaign builds awareness in a way that reaches the various layers of society," said the deputy provincial and local government minister, Nomatyala Hangana.
She said criticism that the campaign was an unnecessary expense was unfounded.
"The success of the campaign can be measured in the participation of ordinary women, who do not necessarily live behind burglar bars, who do not necessarily live in houses with alarm systems. It is women in informal settlements who get abused on a daily basis," she said.
Hangana said that this year the campaign reached women in rural areas, especially on farms.
"Information is empowerment, because if you do not know where to go, and what your rights are, you will continue to be abused," Hangana said.
She said there were plans to extend the campaign to 365 days and that plans would be launched on International Women's Day.
The campaign is marked yearly to raise awareness against women and children abuse. - Sapa