YCLSA statement on the 16 days of activism
26 November 2014
The Young Communist League of South Africa [uFasimba] welcomes the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender violence and violence against children by President Jacob Zuma yesterday.
Sexual molestation, domestic violence, sexual harassment, torture and rape are social challenges that we are facing in our daily lives. We urge our comrades and all our people to embrace this initiative by government to end violence against women and children.
As the YCLSA we are of the view that 16 days is not enough to decisively and completely eradicate the scourge of gender violence and violence against children. We call for the campaign to be changed from the `16 days of activism` to the `365 days of activism`. The fight against violence that is directed against women and children should be fought all year long and cannot only be intensified once a year in 16 days.
The YCLSA is worried about the recent spate of violence against children in the country. Recently we have witnesses a couple of children who have lost their lives at the hands of criminals. Toddlers like 4 year old Taegrin Morris and 3 year old Luke Tibbets have lost their lives at an early age because of the aggression that is being perpetuated by a section of our society.
As the YCLSA we are encouraging silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help, report child abuse to the police, and encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.
Issued by the YCLSA Head Office
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YCLSA National Spokesperson
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