Refiloe Mcina, activist against GBV, writes:
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign was launched at the inauguration of the Women Global Leadership Institution in 1991.
This is a call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and children. GBV is on the rise in our society and we mainly focus on sexual violations and physical abuse.
We often forget about online harassment, psychological violence and hate crimes. We urge community members and survivors to speak out against any abuse they experience.
You may not be the victim, but if you are aware of abuse happening in your community, you have a responsibility to report it.
We live with perpetrators who have not been denounced. Some are not exposed because they are service providers. Disabled children and orphans are always taken advantage of because of their vulnerability.
Sexual violations have psychological effects on minors and adults. Psychological effects include depression, self-blame, sleep disturbances and anger.
The effects of rape can include physical trauma, urinary tract infections, STDs, and pregnancy. It is everyone’s responsibility to respect every person and stop violence.