Updated 25 November 2015

Test: Think you know your facts on violence against women?

On 25 November, we will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Do you know your facts on violence against women?


It will kick off the 16 days of global activism campaign, until 10 December, Human Rights Day, to halt this gross violation of women’s human rights that affects at least 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide. It is a pandemic that we must stop.

The global initiative ‘Orange the World: End Violence against Women and Girls’ is led by UN Women on behalf of the UN Secretary-General’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

The colour orange has been chosen for the issue to symbolize a brighter future without violence against women.

During the 16 days of activism, events are being organized in all parts of the world, and landmarks in towns and cities will be lit up in orange to draw global attention to the issue and stimulate action.

The Western Cape community safety department will today launch the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children. The campaign, observed internationally, will run until 10 December.

On Wednesday 25 November the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and LifeLine Pietermaritzburg will be hosting a Silent Protest to launch the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Children.

The event will seek to highlight the dual epidemics of HIV and gender-based violence and will focus specific attention on the ongoing murder trial that rocked Pietermaritzburg earlier this year.

The Silent Protest is the biggest protest against rape and sexual violence in South Africa and is unique worldwide in its carefully planned events.  The main objective of the Silent Protest is to focus attention on the fact that rape and violence against women is a far greater epidemic that than the skewed statistics provided by the South African Police Services (SAPS) would indicate. Read more about the Silent Protest and how you can get involved.





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