PRETORIA, South Africa’s Cabinet has joined all South Africans who are taking a stand to fight violence against women and child abuse through the “16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign”.

President Zuma will launch the campaign in Eastern Cape Province on Saturday. The campaign runs from Nov 25 to Dec 10, 2017, and this is the 19th year of the campaign in South Africa where it will be held under the theme, Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward.

The campaign will focus on the continued roll-out of National Dialogues, which encourage people to talk about the scourge of gender-based violence. This will be preceded by the observance of International Men’s Day on Sunday, Nov 19, 2017, which calls on men to play their part in building a safer and more socially cohesive society.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will undertake the second community radio campaign under its “Let’s Talk Justice” series, which brings government services to people by providing listeners with an opportunity to engage with officials on topical issues.

The launch of a Sexual Offences Court during the campaign will also ensure better access to the justice system.

Cabinet is confident that by working together we can end the cycle of abuse. Through our collective efforts we can act to prevent abuse while ensuring a safer society for women and children. All people in South Africa are urged to wear a white ribbon as a symbolic pledge towards eliminating this scourge from our society, the Cabinet said in a statement here Thursday.

The Cabinet also called on all to participate in Red Ribbon Friday activities ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec 1 up until the end of December. Wearing a red ribbon is a symbol of solidarity and commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed on, the Cabinet said.

This year’s event will be held under the theme, My Right to Know My Status, Prevention Is My Responsibility, which links to the global theme: The Right to Health.

This bolsters implementation of South Africa’s National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, Tuberculosis and Sexually-Transmitted Illnesses 2017-2022, which is a key pillar in South Africa’s progress towards achieving universal healthcare as reflected in the NDP, which promotes a healthier, stronger and more equitable nation.

The Cabinet has also called on communities to participate in the upcoming 7th National Imbizo Focus Week, expected to be held from No 27 to Dec 3, 2017. Under the leadership of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), this platform promotes inter-active engagements between members of the Executive and communities.