DCS candle- lighting to commemorate 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Woman and Children Campaign

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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) started its annual Strategic Planning Session 2020, currently being held at Leeuwkop Management Area, by obliging to the collective fight against violence towards women and children.

Minister Ronald Lamola, Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa and National Commissioner Arthur Fraser lit candles to commemorate the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, which is a United Nations initiative that takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

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CDC: Community Corrections Anna Molepo, on behalf of DCS, pledged the Department’s commitment in the fight against violence on women and children. DCS committed to collectively work together with other government departments and foster partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including society and communities, to challenge and put an end to normalization, tolerance and minimization of violence and harm inflicted on women and children.

The Department committed to play its part in ending Gender-Based Violence, by ensuring safer communities for women and persons with disabilities and building a safer future for our children, and be part of the change.

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana- Mashabane launched this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No violence against Women and Children campaign on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. The national focus is on the importance of women’s economic empowerment as an integral component of efforts to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide. The campaign forms the centre point of government’s comprehensive 365 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

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