Campaign to counter abuse

The negative effect of violence against women and children will once again be put in the spotlight when women rights activists and government departments meet this week to observe the start of the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

The negative effect of violence against women and children will once again be put in the spotlight when women rights activists and government departments meet this week to observe the start of the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

The campaign, which kicked off on Tuesday and will continue until December 10, is aimed at creating awareness around violence against women and children.

Carrie Shelver of People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) said as part of the activities a three-day conference was held to examine the effect the campaign has had since it was launched 10 years ago. The conference ends today.

An exhibition, aimed at exploring the role of women in the struggle for social justice and gender equality, will also be held and will run for the duration of the campaign, Shelver said.

She said the exhibition, co-hosted by all the organisations that formed the Once in Nine campaign, also sought to bring to the fore challenges experienced by survivors of sexual violence when accessing the criminal justice system.

The One in Nine campaign was formed in February last year during the rape trial of ANC president Jacob Zuma in support of Kwezi, the woman who accused him of rape, and all the other women who speak out about their ordeal.

Government departments have also organised activities, including marches, across the country in support of the campaign.

Everyone is urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon during the 16-day period.

The ribbon symbolises a commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children, and also encourages people to speak out about violence.

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