The Performer

The Performer

Audre Lorde

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Don't look away, act against abuse

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is campaign aimed to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.
What can you do?

•Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period: A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.

•Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities:

•Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children: Many organisations need assistance from the public. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions. Help plant a garden at a shelter, etc….Use your skills and knowledge to help the victims of abuse.

•Donations: any form of donation, money, food, cloths and the organizations that are helping the woman and children.

•Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police. Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.

•Join community policing forums (CPFs). 

•Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children. Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence. 

Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

Don't look away, act against abuse 

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