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Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities launches 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, 24 Nov

20 Nov 2020

Media launch for 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children 2020

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) will host a media briefing on 24 November 2020 to launch the 2020 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign. The media briefing will also provide the opportunity for the IMC on GBVF to provide an update on progress made in implementing the National Strategic Plan (NSP).

The 16 Days Campaign is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The launch of 16 Days of Activism takes place during Disability Rights Awareness Month. 

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane as the Chairperson of the IMC will lead the IMC in addressing the media. The theme for the 16 days Campaign 2020 is “Women’s Economic Justice for a Non-Violent and Non-Sexist South Africa”.

The NSP on GBVF was approved by Cabinet in March 2020 and presented to the President. The IMC consists of the Ministers of Justice and Correctional Services, Social Development, Police, Public Service and Administration and National Treasury.

This NSP has 6 pillars which are:

  1. Accountability, Leadership and Coordination
  2. Prevention and Restoration of Social Fabric
  3. Protection, Safety and Justice,
  4. Response, Care, Support and Healing
  5. Economic Empowerment
  6. Research and Information Systems

A great deal of work and progress in the implementation of several interventions has been made since the launch of the NSP and the release of the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) amidst the covid-19 pandemic.

The briefing will also give an update on the 5 electric vehicles that were donated by BMW for the GBVF Council and for further disbursement to civil society organisations (CSOs). This is in the pursuit of GBVF interventions across all service delivery levels, in line with the 6 pillars of the NSP. The vehicles will be handed to CSOs at the media launch. 

The details for the commemoration of the 16 Days Campaign 2020 as well as the 5 Days of Remembrance Campaign will also be announced as part of the media briefing.

The details of media launch are as follows:

Date: 24 November 2020
Venue: GCIS, Tshedimosetso House 1035 Cnr Frances Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield in Pretoria
Time: 10h00-12h30

NB: There will be a video link to Imbizo Media Centre, 120 Plein Street, Parliament in Cape Town.

Media Participation: Journalists may view the briefing via live streaming on the South African Government social media channels on the links below:


Ms Mmabatho Ramompi
Media Liaison Ministry in the presidency for women, youth and persons with disabilities
Cell:  076 480 3513

Mr Shalen Gajadhar
Director: Communications, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
Cell: 060 979 4235

Know and Share these contact details:

  • GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / *120*7867# from any cell phone
  • Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531
  • Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
  • Child line: 0800 055 555
  • SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111
  • GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/
  • National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
  • National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777
  • Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
  • National Department of Health: 
  • National Institute of Communicable Diseases:
  • World Health Organisation:
  • Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999
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