CAPE TOWN, The government has called on South African citizens to educate themselves on the rights of women and children and on the various recourse mechanisms which exist to help victims of violence.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who briefed the media here Thursday on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, said the Cabinet encouraged South Africans to actively join advocacy and awareness-raising programmes in their respective communities and sectors.

The Cabinet again condemned sexual abuse of women and children, irrespective of the alleged perpetrators’ positions.
It also encouraged victims to report heinous crimes to law-enforcement authorities, who must investigate allegations of gender-based-violence and act firmly within the ambit of the law to ensure that justice is served.

This comes ahead of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. The Cabinet has approved the theme for this year’s campaign, “Count me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from Nov 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to Dec 10 (International Human Rights Day).

The Cabinet also called on all South Africans to support National Disability Rights Awareness Month, which kicks off tFriday and concludes on Dec 3. It also coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Minister encouraged South Africans to raise awareness and protect the rights of people with disabilities, while recognizing the gains that have been made to address challenges faced by people with disabilities.


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