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Joburg intensifies war on gender-based violence Print E-mail
12 November 2012

                                                 orangeday

The City of Joburg’s Health and Social Development Department has lined up several events to mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children in a renewed and comprehensive bid to heighten awareness of the horrors of the scourge.
 
The intensive, City-wide programme marking the 21st anniversary of the campaign was announced by the MMC for Health and Social Development Clr Nonceba Molwele and focuses mainly on generating an increased level of awareness about gender-based violence.
The campaign kicks off on November 25, known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and winds up on December 10 – International Human Rights Day.
 
Every year the government, civil society organisations and the business sector work together to broaden the impact of the campaign. MMC Molwele said this year’s campaign would include men as partners because some of them were victims of domestic violence themselves.
 
“We would also like to engage with men on gender and health issues and make them aware of the importance of practising safe sex and encourage them to undergo tests from time to time,” she said.
 
The City will, in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Department of Social Development, host two main events. The first will be held at the Westbury Recreation Centre on Tuesday, 27 November 2012. The second will be a men’s indaba at the Meadowlands Welfare Centre in Soweto on Thursday, 6 December 2012 to promote men’s health.
 
“This is a collective effort between men and women. We will hear the ‘I’ stories told by the survivors of gender-based violence. We will also involve the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to give us statistics so we can make our own assessment,” she said.
 
At the launch event in Westbury, the City will:
List all activities to be conducted during the campaign;
Profile 16 women and men who have contributed to ending gender-based violence in their wards and regions;
Look at the progress the City has made over the past year; and
Look at the relationship between gender-based violence and HIV-Aids.
Activities at the men’s indaba will in Meadowlands will include the following:
Creating a platform for men to engage in gender-related issues such as stereotypes, patriarchy, power relations, culture, gender, myths and misconceptions;
Promoting men’s health in totality – physical, mental and socio-economic health;
Facilitation of working groups by leaders of men’s organisations such as Sonke Justice Network and Men4Health; and
Consolidation of all men’s concerns and gender and health-related issues, and mapping the way forward.
 
Other activities will be held at the Ivory Park North, Diepsloot Skills Centre, Florida Civic Centre, Cosmo City Multipurpose Centre, Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre, Doornkop Community Hall, Siyabonga Secondary School in Braamfischerville, Itsoseng Skills Centre, Obet Moshiane Primary School, Emthonjeni Community Centre, Diepkloof Welfare Centre, Alexsan Kopano, Hillbrow Recreation Centre, Glenanda Library, Bertha Solomon Centre and Poortjie Community Centre.
 
Orange Day
As part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the City of Joburg will on November 25 partner with the organisers of Orange Day, a United Nations’ women’s initiative, to raise awareness of gender-based violence. The Orange Day campaign has proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day, with the aim of ensuring that gender-based violence receives constant attention throughout the year. The City encourages its residents to wear orange T-shirts, ties and caps on the day to raise awareness about gender violence.
 
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