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South Africa, 25 November 2015: UNICEF and 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

 
25 November 2015 – South Africa will along with the rest of the world observe 16 Days of activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children from November 25th to the 10th of December. The theme this year is epitomised through Count me in.

Levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence against women and especially children in South Africa and globally continues to escalate at an alarming rate. We know that the effect of violence against children has far-reaching implications. Global research shows us that witnessing or experiencing any emotional, sexual or physical violence can cause lifelong damage. We have also been seeing increasing evidence of how effective early childhood development programmes can contribute to the health, growth and development of all children.

The South African Government has done well in putting into place strong programmes in the criminal justice system, such as the Sexual Offenses Courts as well as the Thutuzela Care Centres that provide support for sexual assault victims. We also commend The Department of Social Development’s Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender based violence. These initiatives are a bold step in the right direction towards tackling gender based violence. Over the period 2013 to 2014, the statistics released last year inform that the South African Police Service recorded a total of 45,230 contact crimes against children, of which 22,781 were sexual offenses, which means that on average, 123 children per day became victims of violent crime.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake rightfully notes that “in every country, in every culture, there is violence against children. Whenever and wherever children are harmed, our outrage and anger must be seen and heard. We must make the invisible visible.”

UNICEF South Africa in partnership with the Department of Social Development has worked with Celebrity Advocates Zakes Bantwini, Tshedi Moholo and Jo-Anne Strauss, to bring visibility to the issue of violence against women and children in South Africa.

Be Counted and make a difference in the lives of women and children. Be an advocate and let’s end violence against women and children. Report it now.

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