Sixteen days of activism against women and child abuse: usually the campaign gets the same reaction from men and women, but this year there's something new happening.
Why only 16 days, why not 365?
Indeed. But the campaign is not about abusers keeping their fists in their pockets and zippers up for sixteen days, it’s specific time laid aside to focus attention on the issue.
This year alone we have had to deal with a massive catch-up regarding HIV/Aids, a trashed public health system, a recession, the strike season (I guess this fifth season falls somewhere between summer and autumn), a largely successful Soccer World Cup, numerous tax-draining trials, the ongoing athletics scandal, disturbing cases like the Jules school sex scandal, service delivery protests – the list is pretty long. So, you can see how easily the abuse of women and children could get lost in the mix.
In an action that may give the 16 Days Of Activism some real clout, and improve the lives of thousands of children, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Social Development MED Patricia De Lille are aiming to name and shame maintenance defaulters. Their government, together with the department of justice, will be publishing the names of defaulters over all of the 16 days so that defaulters can be located and they can appear in court.