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SALGA participates in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children under the Theme

 

Posted: 24 November 2017

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“Harnessing Local Mediation Capacity of Women and Children: Together Moving a Non-violent Society Forward, Tribute to OR Tambo Legacy”

The 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children is a Global awareness-raising Campaign that takes place annually from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes World AIDS Day on 1 December and International Day for the Disabled on 3 December. 

This year’s 16 Days Theme “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward” is, therefore, intended to call on all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children and not just be spectators. The Campaign challenges South Africans to declare “It’s Enough” on violence against women and children and ultimately, to make it a yearlong campaign and not limited to 16 days.  Hence the “365 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children” (#365DaysCampaign).

Significance of 16 Days of Activism to SALGA

During the SALGA Women’s Commission (SWC) summit held in Ekurhuleni on 17 May 2017, women in Local Government had as part of the summit declaration pledged to lead the fight against:

•    Patriarchy finding expression and imposing its suppressive, exploitative and oppressive measures through poverty; institutionalised mistrust around women leadership; political, private sector and media traditions; poor institutional funding; restriction to land access and polarization of masculinity from femininity; 
•    Gender-based violence (GBV) in all its forms, verbal and physical, and in all spaces, private and public and 
•    HIV and AIDS

The SWC will be joining the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in partnership with UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (UN Women) in hosting an Ideathon workshop.   The workshop aims to bring a range National Departments, Local Government, Civil Society, Academia, Development Partners together to create a space to bring the knowledge, experience, and creativity of stakeholders working to end violence to come up with creative and innovative solutions to prevent and respond to the challenge of gender-based violence.

The purpose of the Ideathon with a key focus on local mediation and the role of men, is to stretch further the awareness about violence directed at women and children, promote safer living and work spaces and demonstrate how violence manifests itself in our society and the negative impact it has on the development of these vulnerable groups. The workshop aims to develop solutions and come up with possible programmes that can be taken forward by SALGA, UN Women, DIRCO and other stakeholders present.

Objectives of the Dialogue:

•    Increase awareness of the prevalence of gender-based violence 
•    Strengthen work around combating violence against women through the implementation of existing policies including making services and tools available to empower staff to implement initiatives towards eliminating violence against women.
•    Share good practices on community violence prevention initiatives.
•    Create a space for stakeholders to develop innovative programme(s) with a special focus on:
i)    Harnessing local mediation capacity of women in communities. This is aimed at engaging and encouraging bystander action to prevent violence against women in line with the country’s theme of “Count me in”.
ii)    Mobilising men to take responsibility, speak out and be more involved in ending violence against women. The session will provide a forum in which men can develop and share new and effective strategies for combating gender-based violence. 

The workshop will take place on 30 November 2017, 08:30 – 16:30, at the OR Tambo Conference Centre, DIRCO. 

 

 
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