16 Days of Activism: Wear Your White Ribbon! | Western Cape Government

16 Days of Activism: Wear Your White Ribbon!

Held every year from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that raises awareness about violence against women and children.
16 Days of Activism in the Western Cape

For the 16 Days Campaign the Western Cape Government is encouraging the public to get tested for HIV at local testing stations across the province (not at clinics). The list of testing stations will be continually updated during the campaign.

Read more about the campaign in Premier Zille's media release.


    What is the International 16 Days of Activism Campaign?

    The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign is a United Nations incentive. The event takes place annually between 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

    The South African Government upholds the campaign but also includes issues relating to violence against children; therefore, South Africa holds the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign annually.

    This campaign focuses primarily on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children.

    What is the Purpose of the Campaign?

    • To generate an increased level of awareness amongst South Africans relating to the incidence of violence against women and children, how it manifests itself within South African society and the negative impact on these vulnerable groups.
    • To challenge perpetrators of these offences to change their behaviour.
    • To enhance and increase partnerships between government, the private sector, civil society, organised labour, sectoral groups, faith-based organisations, the media (electronic and print) and the diplomatic community in an effort to spread the message.
    • To raise funds for NGOs that work within the sector, providing invaluable support to the victims and survivors of violence.
    • To communicate through the most effective and appropriate channels aiming to reach the maximum number of people across the country, particularly women and children residing in rural areas.
    • To engage actively with men and boys in the discourse about combating violence in our homes, our communities and in the workplace.
    • To highlight the stories of survivors of gender-based violence and child abuse, and the impact that the campaign has had on their lives.

    Why is This an Important Campaign?

    The rights of women and children are fundamental human rights entrenched in and protected by the Constitution. Gender-based and child violence, in all its different forms, devalues human dignity and the self-worth of the person and must be stopped in our society.

    How Can I Support this Campaign?

    South Africans are called to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon to show their solidarity. By wearing these ribbons for the duration of the 16-day period, you will be stating that you support the campaign and will encourage others to do the same, and in so doing, creating greater awareness.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014