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ANCWL statement on the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women & Children

ANCWL statement on the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women & Children

25 November 2015

The African National Congress Women's League (ANC WL) is geared towards the national campaign on the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence on Women and Children. Since 1998, South Africa marks the campaign of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children between 25th November and 10th December.

The campaign remains a fundamental tool in creating awareness on the negative impacts of violence on women and children.

The 16 days campaign starts on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This campaign also ends on the monumental date of 10 December which marks the International Human Rights Day.

The crime statistics for 2014/15 has shown a significant decrease of recorded cases on sexual offenses to have decreased by 7.4%, from 46,647 to 43,195 respectively. We can't celebrate such a decrease as the numbers still remain high and as the country we should continue to fight the cankerworm until it is totally defeated.

The ANC WL campaign on 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children hopes to address the following 12th National Conference Resolutions:

- Campaign for acts of domestic violence to be registered as crimes in the Justice system.
- Campaign for prioritization of cases involving older persons and for imposition of harsher sentences on perpetrators of violence and crimes against older persons
- Lobby government to develop and implement strict legislation and increase in personnel (inspectors) to prevent human trafficking, and initiate pointed community awareness campaigns on the prevention of human trafficking and elimination of child prostitution

The ANC Women's league calls for the custom of Ukuthwala to be abolished as it constitutes injustice to women and girl-children, that is a violation to their rights and basic freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. We further call on virginity custom to be abolished, as it exposes the girl-child rape, incest, abuse and sexual violence.

The ANC WL has identified the following priority areas :-

- Ukuthwala Awareness Campaign
- Women Gathering (Umanyano) with various Churches
- A Summit on Gender Based Violence
- A Dialogue on Albinism
- Know Your Elderly Campaign
- HIV / Aids Campaign
- Dialogue for Woman Living With Disabilities

We urge all South Africans to work together in dealing with violence on women and children. Violence knows knows no gender or social status it affects us all. All our efforts are required in redressing violent acts on women and children. As we begin the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women & Children we should note that alcohol and drug abuse remains a major contributor in domestic violence and sexual offense actions, communities must join the fight against substance abuse.

Issued by: ANC Women's League
Secretary General:
Cde Meokgo Matuba

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National Spokesperson of the ANCWL
Cde Thoko Xasa
+27 82 652 3131

Fundi Skweyiya
+27 72 231 5518

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