16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) is an annual international campaign which takes place from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 

Violence against women and children has escalated since the Covid-19 lockdown to the extent that it is viewed as a second pandemic in South Africa.  The United Nations campaign to end this violence by 2030 calls for global action to increase awareness. The theme for the campaign, Orange the World, unifies all activities by using the colour orange to bring global attention to this initiative. 

On 5 December, Women of Strength will be hosting a Social Strongman event for female competitors only at Hemel-en-Aarde Village from 09:00 – 13:00. There will be some newbies and youngsters who are new to any form of lifting, as well as South African Pro Strongman athletes, Amateur Strongman athletes and South African Powerlifters, among others. 

As Women of Strength against GBV, we will show a force of strength in one unified event to break the silence against gender-based violence. We are still canvassing for sponsorship and are trying to secure a raffle for fundraising. If you would like to get involved, please contact Michelle on 084 512 8122 or Johan on 073 166 3489. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the cause. #EnoughIsEnough #orangetheworld

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