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Joburg says no to gender-based violence Print E-mail
26 November 2012
 
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This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in Johannesburg got off to an emphatic start on Friday when the City launched Orange Day amid much fanfare.
 
Orange Day is a United Nations’ women’s initiative launched this year with the aim of raising awareness of gender-based violence in many communities. It will from now on be celebrated on the 25th of every month to ensure that gender-based violence receives constant attention throughout the year. 
 
The first day of the year-long drive coincides with the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children annual campaign. On Friday the City was joined by the national government, United Nations and a group of 15 Harley Davidson bikers in making an unequivocal and unambiguous statement that violence against women and children would not be tolerated.
 
After the ceremony the 15 riders set off on 7 800km-journey through nine Southern African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia and Malawi – to highlight the need and urgency to curb the senseless violence.
 
The Executive Mayor Parks Tau said the right of women and children should be paramount to the right of perpetrators. “As a city, we have also taken the initiative to ensure that the campaign does not end after 16 days, but will go beyond that. Every month will see council employees and councillors stepping up the campaign on violence against women and children,” he said.
 
The Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana urged families to report domestic violence. “Reports suggest that the perpetrators of violence are family members. Families don’t report these cases because they know the perpetrators. It is time people start speaking out against any form of abuse against women and children,” said Xingwana.
 
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Last Updated on 26 November 2012