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Million Men's March launches '16 Day' campaign

By unknown | Nov 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

The 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children campaign kicks off in Bloemfontein with the "Million Men's March" on Sunday.

The Department of Local and Provincial Government said yesterday satellite marches would be held in all nine provinces.

"The marches will highlight the fact that violence against women and children is a societal issue," said department spokesman Thokozani Mtshali.

The international campaign runs from November 25, International Day for No Violence against Women until December 10, which is International Day for Human Rights.

The department's Nomatyala Hangana launched an SMS and postcard campaign last week that will run throughout the campaign.

By sending "16 Days" to 31616, cellphone users will donate R5 towards community-based organisations, to places of safety and organisations that help victims of women and child abuse.

Contributions to the 16 Days of Activism fund can be made by buying a postcard from any post office, Pick 'n Pay store and government department for R10, to register for the march.

The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) said the initiative should highlight the need for "more focused campaigns" against violence.

"The campaigns should not only create awareness, but ensure that there are concrete and practical ways to create safe spaces for women and children," said TLAC spokesman Lisa Vetten.

People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) will protest outside the Johannesburg high court during the two-week-long campaign and present 16 demands to the government to improve conditions of victims of gender violence.

"This is where most sexual offence cases are heard," said Powa spokesman Nehwho Belinda.


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