November 25 marks the start of the 16 days against violence against women.
It is the first International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with former Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the helm of UN Women and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. In her public statement to mark this year's 16 Days Campaign, Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka reminds us that 'an estimated one in three women will be subject to violence in her lifetime with one in three girls married as child brides before the age of 18 while trafficking traps millions of women and girls in modern-day slavery and rape continues in epidemic proportions'.
Gender-Based violence touches everyone's lives. Each week City Press publishes a map of where rapes have been reported in the past week. Too many of these reports are of rape perpetrated by teachers against pupils in the schools in which they teach. Schools in South Africa are one of the most dangerous places for young women in our country.
This year, the Kenhardt-based organisation in the Northern Cape, Together We Give, led by a former Khulumani project officer, Ms Laura Marks, has organised a schedule of activities for each day of the 16 Days to UNITE against violence against women towards 'Helping Kenhardt to Heal' in the context of a long history of impunity for sexual crimes in the town.
Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's statement and the programme of activism of Together We Give for the 16 Days Campaign are attached.