The 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to pledge their full support against the scourge.
The campaign takes place every year from 25 November to 10 December and the theme for this year is “Count me in”.
Violence against women and children ranges from physical, sexual and economic to psychological, but all of these are violations of human dignity and human rights.
The statistics released by Statistics SA for 2015-2017 showed that the number of women and children who experienced sexual abuse increased from 31,665 in 2015/16 to 70,813 in 2016/17, which is a substantial increase of 53%.
Every year Women in Action (WiA) pledge full support in the fight against the abuse of Women and Children through a campaign that takes place in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child abuse.
During the 16 Days of Activism, WIA‘s trained trauma councillors offer free, one-one-one, non-judgemental and confidential counselling to anyone seeking help through their Project Rahab programme.
The volunteers will be available at the Universal Church in Plein Street and Noord Street in Johannesburg as well as in other main churches in all provinces. Many of these volunteers have suffered abuse in their own lives.
Project Rahab was established to encourage women and children to break their silence and speak about their experiences of abuse.
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