#16Days of Activism

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RAPE, ABUSE AND MURDER – are the headlines that surface daily in the news. These words are associated with the injustices and violent behaviours affecting women and children every day.

So now that the President has launched the “16 Days of activism” NOW WHAT?

I feel like each one of these days should have an agenda since we only get 16. Do they? There’s still a major gap. 16 days just swiftly go by without us truly magnifying and highlighting the significance of the cause. Truth be told, this is a 365 not a 16 day fight.

We need more online and offline campaigns! YES, campaigns are all about raising awareness right! Standing together and fighting for the rights of women and children. After the death of 17 year old Anene Booysen who was raped and mutilated in such a barbaric manner early in the year– we had a Black Friday rape awareness campaign (wearing black) in the hope of raising awareness of the ills committed against women and children. The campaign went viral online and triggered a massive response offline. Why did it end there?

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Let’s mobilise our thoughts and use technology, and social media to raise awareness…Yes it works! I came across a hashtag (#) on Twitter #ididnotreport where victims of rape tell their stories across the globe. This encourages other women to speak out and stand up against abuse with the comfort of knowing that they are not alone.

The point is women are caged by society and are coached to believe that they are not good enough. They are told how to dress, look and behave. In addition, some organisations still think certain roles are suited for men or women only – that’s sexist and ignorant. Anyone can do anything!

As per Dion Chang’s TED talk ”Born free or free fall”- he highlights how women need support and need to be nurtured in this broken society. He also suggests that absent fathers in the household contribute to an imbalance in society – dysfunctional families.  My “light bulb moment” from this talk was realising that if men played a “father-figure” role and served to protect every girl child/women – WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE. Meaning: instead of hurling insults at women wearing mini skirts or taking advantage of helpless children, they would protect and guide them, and STOP raping them in bushes, dark passages or even the back seats of their cars. We need men to support the fight against this animalistic behaviour! Men can stop violence against women.

Parents should talk to their children about SEX, so that children know when they are being violated – report it and understand that it isn’t their fault. This is a joint movement – everyone’s role is vital. RAPE is not acceptable; killings of young girls should not be tolerated in the human society. We need to stand up and fight this war on women’s bodies. Women are the foundation and gems of society – stop hurting them…start helping them.

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6 thoughts on “#16Days of Activism

  1. The struggle continues, and it should never be abandoned. It’s encouraging to see that there is a growing number of male organisations who are taking a stand against women abuse.

  2. This so true. Issues like this are an ongoing ill in our society and hence the solution should be an ongoing endeavor. I think most importantly that as individuals we need to empower ourselves with our thoughts and actions. We should be working towards a time when a perpetrator will not even dare victimize any person. We women need to learn to protect ourselves. And I agree children need to be empowered with real talk about reality so that they can be open about what is happening around them. Thank you

  3. I am personally not a fan of any awareness campaign. I feel like people would rather send an sms “STOP RAPE” to 33410 then actually go to a clinic and help or literally do something. Whilst my comment is almost besides the point, I think society is in desperate need of a culture change. people tend to be oblivious to everything until it happens to them. rape wont stop until we fix our thinking about it, our women, our children and ourselves. we dont have any empathy left. as you said in your post, “16 days, then what?” what happens on the 17th day? do we pack up our hashtags and move on to the next one or do we continue to educate and support each other? I agree with Nthaks, the solution is an ongoing endeavour.

  4. @Zuki, I see where you’re coming from but I think in this instance – campaigns are extremely important. Campaigns are always meant to encourage an “act” or action from the community. For a country like South Africa to be named “The rape capital” it raises concern and highlights the national crisis we’re in. Campaigns of such nature encourage women who have been abused to stand up and fight – the mind of a victim is in a dire state and victims need to know that they will be protected when they speak out. This is exactly the kind of platform women need and I agree ofcourse it needs to be ongoing.

  5. I feel like there is not enough attention paid to this CRISIS until the #16days of activism.#STOPRAPE indeed must be a lifetime movement,and not a once a year thing.There so many victims out there that have no clue that it is their human right to say NO!

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