City Health Supports 16 Days of Activism Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Children
The '16 Days of Activism' campaign to stop violence against women and children in South Africa starts today, 25 November (International Day of No Violence Against Women) and will run until 10 December 2010 (Human Rights Day).
The City of Cape Town's Health Directorate will be conducting various awareness campaigns and projects over the 16-day period to help raise awareness about this important issue and to discourage any form of abuse. Residents are urged to please contact their local clinic for more information on projects in their area.
This year marks the international campaign's 11th anniversary in South Africa, where it has become a key social mobiliser in reducing such acts of abuse. It is endorsed by the United Nations and since 1999 the South African government has run a parallel campaign which includes issues relating to violence against children.
All of the City's clinics are equipped to handle the needs of women and children. As in previous years, City Health will actively participate in the campaign by assisting abused women and children, creating awareness about ongoing abuse, and partnering with non-governmental organisations to ensure appropriate referrals.
"I encourage residents to become part of the solution. Break the silence - speak out against violence. Everyone should also please support the White Ribbon campaign during the '16 Days of Activism'. Anyone who wears the ribbon makes a pledge not to perpetrate or condone violence against women and children," said the Executive Director for City Health, Dr. Ivan Bromfield.
City of Cape Town
Mitchells Plain Sub-district Manager
Tel: 021 391 5012
Cell: 084 222 1478