Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAMWU: Women and child abuse a threat to human rights

Loyiso Langeni
26 November 2014

The South African Municipal Workers Union said women and children in the country suffer in silence on a daily basis.

This as Tuesday marked the start of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Women and Children Abuse. 

Presidnet Jacob Zuma officially launched the campaign on Tuesday under the theme “Count Me In.

Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward. Samwu Spokesperson Papikie Mohale said the violence against women is undoubtedly a threat to human rights and takes different forms such as physical abuse, rape, sexual harassment, child abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse.

Mohale added that statistically, over 60% perpetrators of such abuses have themselves been victims or were brought up in a household where they witnessed abuse.

“We should therefore tackle the root causes to be able to totally eliminate this social ill. It further reminds us that action is not just confined to the 16 days but should be every single day of the year.”  Mohale said.

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