16days_drumThe continuous acts of violence against women and children have been recorded in our news headlines throughout 2015. Recent high profile and much publicised court cases have cast a spotlight on the South African justice system and the prevalence of intimate partner violence. These tragedies, along with so many other reported cases, have reinforced the urgent need for change in our country.

IMATU recognises that we need to bring an end to the heinous acts of murder, rape, kidnapping, abuse and exploitation that many South African women and children face on a daily basis. Through participation in this Campaign, we are hoping to create awareness and instigate change in our places of work and in our communities.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international Campaign that takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

During this time, government, civil-society organisations and the business sector work together to broaden the impact of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. The purpose of the Campaign is to raise awareness and educate people regarding the negative impact that violence has on women and children. The Campaign also seeks to encourage individuals to act against abuse.

Individuals support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon during the 16-day period. A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children. By supporting this campaign, IMATU will help to increase awareness of abuse and build support for victims and survivors of abuse.