The official theme of this international campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World”.
During the campaign, The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) will be focussing on how each of us can contribute to eradicating violence against women and children by reporting abuse the moment we become aware of it.
That is why DAWN’s theme for this campaign is “Blow the Whistle on Abuse”.
In South Africa a woman is raped every 60 seconds. South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and infant rape in the world.
More than ever before, it is time for each and every one to get active, get serious and get involved.
DAWN believes much more needs to be done to break the silence and bring cases of abuse to the notice of the relevant authorities. During the campaign, we will urge pupils, teachers, parents and communities to speak out against abuse against women and children.
In order to effectively spread the word about abuse against women and children in South Africa, DAWN structures across the country will plan and host protest events outside magistrate courts and police stations in order to show our support to the victims of abuse during the 16 Days of Activism.
To promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, we will strive to ensure mass mobilisation of all communities. DAWN will emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.
We call on all South Africans to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign and to ensure that the problems and solutions highlighted during this campaign are integrated in our discourse and action as we work every day to create an environment where South African women and children can thrive.