The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) runs every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), with the theme ‘Orange the World’. This United Nations campaign calls for global action to increase awareness.
Violence against women and children is one of the most prevalent forms of human rights abuse in the world. GBV knows no class, no creed and no race, and it is estimated that 1 in 5 women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In addition to physical violence, abuse can also take the form of emotional, economic, psychological, sexual and cultural abuse. Although these forms of abuse may not leave physical scarring, the trauma suffered has long-lasting effects on the victim and society as a whole.
From now until 25 November, Jax Bath from Gansbaai has initiated a drive to collect secondhand clothing for women and children which will then be distributed, with the help of local authorities, to victims of GBV in the Overstrand in order to help them start afresh. The following drop-off points and contact people have been arranged:
- Gansbaai: contact Jax on 072 585 8090 to arrange for drop-off/collection
- Stanford: contact Lin on 076 882 6976 to arrange for drop-off/collection
- Hermanus: you can drop off items at ProActive Gym’s reception (they are open from 05:00 to 19:30 Monday to Friday) or contact Taylum on 084 564 0779 if you can’t get to the gym
- Kleinmond: you can drop off items at the Kleinmond municipal office at 33 5th Ave or contact Cllr Grant Cohen on 072 436 9068
By becoming active citizens, we can help to stop the abuse of women and children, and assist in supporting survivors. Abuse has been normalised, but we can also fight it in our society by challenging the status quo. By standing up for women, believing survivors, holding each other accountable and unlearning harmful misogyny and toxic masculinity, we can create a kinder, more inclusive society for all.