The implications of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa has placed many women and children at even greater risk, with many trapped at home with their abusers and unable to access the help they desperately need. In addition to this, many survivors of abuse live in silence, reluctant to ask for help in a society where victims are often stigmatised and suffer secondary abuse when speaking out.
As the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign gains momentum, we are reminded that changing this reality for survivors of abuse requires more than talk – it demands that each one of us makes a conscious decision to take a stand against the scourge of gender-based violence and create safe spaces where survivors are assured that their stories will be heard.
This 16 Days of Activism we collaborated with the Tears Foundation as part of their community training workshops as well as through a social media campaign, titled #16Days #16Ways aimed at using the power of words to heal and empower survivors of GBV.
Read more about our partnership with the TEARS Foundation https://www.legalwise.co.za/community-partners and visit https://www.legalwise.co.za/16-days-activism for our 16 Days of Activism social media campaign.