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Speak out against abuse - Premier

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Premier Chupu Mathabatha called upon all women and children who are being abused either physical or emotional to report their cases to the police. He said this on the occasion of the launch of the 16 Days of Activism  Against Women and children which was held at Schonoord, Makhuduthamaga Municipality on 24 November 2015.

 

He called upon all people to join hands with the government to eliminate violence against women and children. It cannot be the government function alone, it is a societal issue. For this  campaign to be successful every person should own this fight against abuse. Treat women and children with love and respect. He added that the campaign should run not only for 16 days but for the whole year.

The government had enacted a reasonable number of legislation that are aimed at protecting and promoting  the rights of women and children.  Since 1994, the government passed into law the Domestic Violence Act, Children’s Act, Maintenance Act, Promotion of Equity and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, and Employment Equity Act

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November, until 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day, The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day

The objective of the campaign is to create awareness about gender based violence and child directed abuse at grass roots level and to challenge the perpetrators of this crime to change their behaviour. The programme includes to urge women and children to break the silence about domestic violence.

Although internationally the campaign focuses only on women, here in our country(South Africa)it includes children. This is because usually when these acts of violence occur children are always with their mothers and therefore become vulnerable.