Moot police to support anti-violence campaign

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Villieria police will launch a campaign against women and child abuse later this month.

The 16 days of activism for no violence against women is an international campaign originating from the first women’s global leadership conference in 1991.

Police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits said the campaign took place annually from 25 November (day for the elimination of violence against women) to 10 December (international human rights day) primarily focused on increasing the awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children.

“We will also focus on the society as a whole and hold regular operations,” she said.

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“The campaign also focuses on seeking preventative interventions to the ongoing violence perpetrated against women and children.”

Brits said this year marked the 19th anniversary of the campaign.

“The 2017 campaign will also incorporate the roll-out of the national dialogue of violence against women and children from 10 November to December.

“The dialogue is context-specific and localised, and provides a platform for discourse with local communities and employees on their lived experiences with violence against women and children,” she said.

Brits said the aim of the dialogue was to understand the root causes and manifestations of gender-based violence, to strengthen and enhance community participation and to find solutions.

She said there were other days also commemorated during the 16 days of activism.

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“The campaign will officially be launched by President Jacob Zuma on 25 November in Eastern Cape.

The president will also launch the national dialogue on violence against women on that same day,” she said.

“The police will align their activities accordingly and conduct a dialogue with residents and empower them on a six-point plan, which informs them about available services to residents in the prevention and combating of gender-based violence.

“This will also include dialogues with the police employees in addressing perceptions and encourage support in their personal experience.

“The police’s women network and men for change programme will all work together to combat this crime,” she said.


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