The 16 Days of Activism is a worldwide campaign to oppose violence and abuse against women and children and to raise awareness of the impact that violence and abuse has on women and children.
In some cases, the violence stems from the low status afforded to women in the home and in society. It also happens when men abuse power and positions of authority in order to control women and children.
Abuse is any form of behaviour that causes:
Violence and abuse can take many forms, such as physical, emotional, financial and sexual harassment and crimes. Poverty, inequality and unemployment are conditions under which violence and abuse thrive.
Men and women must challenge these misconceptions collectively and actively campaign to change age-old behaviours.
Therefore, they must:
“While violence and abuse against women and children are often hidden or even justified, it cannot and should not ever be accepted,” says Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO Operations.
“This is not just a woman’s or children’s issue, but something that concerns all of us. Everyone needs to take a stand against violence and abuse of women and children. Raise your voice and join the campaign to help to increase awareness of violence and abuse and build support for victims and survivors,” urges Martlé.
MISA also urges Government and all stakeholders to ratify Convention 190, which was recently adopted at the ILC (International Labour Conference), and take immediate steps to ensure compliance to end violence and harassment in the world of work.
“Domestic violence is real and cannot be ignored in the workplace. It affects both employer and victims and has a serious impact on the working environment,” says Martlé.
Support our campaign #wearenotfaceless to create awareness that violence and harassment are real and victims are not fictional characters!
It’s not a joke. It’s real and it’s an infringement of human rights.