The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), also encompassing other key dates, namely:
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (November 29)
- World AIDS Day (1 December)
- International Day for Persons with Disability (3 December) and
- The Montreal Massacre (6 December)
This event is widely known as the 16 Days Campaign which calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Violence against women and children takes many forms, for example:
Physical violence in the form of domestic violence, terrible violent crime such as murder, robbery, rape and assault.
- Emotional violence and trauma at many levels caused by many factors.
- Women and children in their homes, at work, at schools, on our streets, in our communities suffer this form of violence for various reasons.
NAPTOSA has been campaigning against School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) using all of its platforms. On the 22 November, NAPTOSA will adopt its advocacy framework that will guide all NAPTOSA structures in eliminating SRGBV and creating safer schools for teaching and learning.
NAPTOSA recognises that one of the major challenges hindering efforts to prevent and end SRGBV is financial assistance. NAPTOSA urges every school and community to raise funds, engage NGOs and local businesses to join this campaign to create safer South African schools.