Minister Bathabile Dlamini hosts 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Eastern Cape, 06 to 08 Dec

Minister of Women takes 16 Days of Activism Campaign to Eastern Cape

The Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini will, as part of her 16 Days Campaign programme, host a dialogue with retired nurses, and a memorial lecture honouring the legacy of Albertina Sisulu and Charlotte Maxeke from the 6th to the 8th of December 2018 in the Eastern Cape.

Each event will be preceded by a taxi rank gender-based violence blitz. Members of the media are invited to cover the events as per the programme below:

Day 1: Thursday, 06 December2018

Activity: 07h00-09h00 Gender-Based Violence blitz at Engcobo Taxi Rank, Engcobo, EC

Activity: 10h00-13h00 Dialogue with retired nurses at All Saints Hospital Hall, Engcobo, EC

Day 2: Friday, 07 December 2018

Activity: 07H00-09H00 Gender-Based Violence blitz at Queenstown Taxi Rank, EC

Activity: 10h00-13h00 Albertina Sisulu Memorial Lecture at Queenstown Indoor Sports Centre, EC

Day 3: Saturday, 08 December 2018

Activity: 07H00-09H00 Gender-Based Violence blitz at Fort Beaufort Taxi Rank, EC

Activity: 10h00-13h00 Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture, EC. (Venue to be communicated at a later stage)

This year's 16 Days of Activism Campaign coincides with the centenary celebration of Mama Albertina Sisulu, a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. The centenary celebration is a year-long programme marked by a series of commemorative events and activities across the country to recall the profound contribution that she made to the struggle for the rights of people and the pioneering role she played in the struggle for the emancipation of women.

We also celebrate the centenary of the Bantu Women's League, which was formed in 1918 under the leadership of Dr Charlotte Maxeke. The organisation waged determined struggles against Pass Law and mobilised around other issues facing women at the turn of the 20th century.

During the 16 Days of Activism campaign, public, private and civil sectors, including men's organizations, will join together to promote greater public awareness about the various forms Gender-Based Violence.

In line with strategic objectives outlined at the recent Gender Based Violence Summit, the 16 Days of Activism campaign aims to raise awareness about the basket of services available for victims of gender based violence; as well as to encourage women to speak out and find solidarity through the #HearMeToo campaign.

The Department of Women will also strengthen partnerships between key stakeholders, and encourage on-going commitment from stakeholders, towards their own individual and institutional contribution to the Campaign. The scourge of gender-based violence cannot be stopped through government interventions alone and so this programme presents the media with an opportunity to report on what civil society is doing to stop this scourge.

Source: Government of South Africa