12 October 2020
Pretoria – The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) will hold consultative meetings with civic society in preparation of the 16 Days of Activism.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities said “the department will host a consultative meeting with civil society organisations to engage on the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.”
Mashabane added “this year it comes at a time when government and civil society has banded together to coordinate efforts in response to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide.”
The department said there are temporary formations consisting of volunteers from both government and civil society. These formations have met frequently to advance the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
Mashabane confirmed that processes are underway to form a Board of Trustees that will establish the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
The 16 Days of Activism 2020 Campaign is commemorated between 25 November to 10 December.
The campaign is a United Nations initiative which is celebrated globally.
25 November is significant because it is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while 10 December is Human Rights Day.