16 Days: Waging war on abuse

For 16 days men and women around the world will unite to break the strongholds of abuse over families, communities and nations.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign that takes place annually from 25 November to 10 December.

Sparked by an increase in the cases of women and child abuse, the campaign aims to stop the negative impact of violence on the most vulnerable groups in society.

What is abuse?

Abuse is described as any behaviour that instils fear, leads to bodily harm or forces people to act against their will.

The 6 types of abuse

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Child abuse
  • Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Financial abuse

What can you do to stop abuse:

  • Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.
  • Report child abuse to the police.
  • Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.
  • Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.
  • Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).
  • Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children.
  • Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence.
  • Spread the message on social media using

Who should you contact in the case of abuse?

SAPS Crime Stop:
08600 10111

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre:
0800 428428/0800 GBV GBV

STOP Gender Violence Helpline:
0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone

Childline- Report child abuse:
0800 055 555

Source:16 Days of Activism

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing

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