||The 16 Days of Activism – No Violence against Women is a United Nations campaign that is commemorated from 25 November to 10 December each year to raise awareness of the impact that violence has on women and children.
||IMPORTANT DATES DURING THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
- 25 November 2012 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women launches the 16 Days of Activism campaign. It has been marked by women activists as a day against violence on women (and children) since 1981. It is celebrated in remembrance of the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on the orders of Dominican ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). The day focuses on empowering women to stand up for their rights, but also turns to men to play a vital role in the elimination of gender-based violence.
- 1 December 2012 – World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, providing education and fighting prejudice. It reminds people that HIV is an ongoing battle that is fought every day. During the World AIDS Campaign people are encouraged to wear a red ribbon to celebrate the health of people living with HIV and to remember those who have died of AIDS. The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all the year round, and particularly on World AIDS Day, to show care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. Current studies show that the population age groups most at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS are African females (20 - 34 years of age), African males (25 - 49 years of age) and males over 50 years of age. There is a lot that can be done in order to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
- 3 December 2012 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This day aims to promote understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities and the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. It provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to participate in activities aimed at creating an inclusive environment for people with a disability. At present, approximately 3.4% of people in the Western Cape live with a disability.
- 10 December 2012 – International Human Rights Day
All human beings have basic rights, irrespective of their nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. International Human Rights Day celebrates the day that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
||We ask all WCED employees to join us in focusing on these 16 days and doing their part to raise awareness of gender-based violence and human rights issues.
||Show your support by wearing your white ribbon during the period 25 November to 10 December 2012
SIGNED: PA VINJEVOLD