A review of 16 Days of Activism in Diepsloot

Diepsloot police partnered with local stakeholders on Tuesday 7 December 2021 to hold a campaign for 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children at a local taxi rank in extension 2.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the international day for the elimination of violence against women, and runs until International Human Rights Day December 10.

Police targeted commuters in the morning, mobilising them to take a firm stand against GBV by reporting perpetrators to the police, said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“We gave away pamphlets with tips to prevent GBV and emergency numbers to call when they need assistance,” he said.

Diepsloot station commander Brigadier Moichela also joined members on the ground, interacting with commuters and urging them to break the silence on GBV.

In his address, the brigadier assured the audience that police officers have a duty to assist victims of GBV with respect and dignity. He further assured residents that community members who perpetrate GBV will be disciplined accordingly.

The station commander concluded his address by pleading with local stakeholders to further partner with the police and intensify GBV awareness campaigns, even beyond 16 Days of Activism.

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