Day 1: What is gender-based violence


The United Nations celebrated the year 16 days of activism against gender-based violence November 25 to December 10, 2021. At Cape {town} Etc, we will be using our platform to raise awareness during this time.

“Gender-based violence and femicide are not a secondary priority. It’s not a women’s problem. Gender-based violence is overwhelmingly and unequivocally a human rights issue. “ – President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Day 1: What is gender-based violence?


As much as we see the term gender-based violence in media articles, Ramaphosa speeches, and across social media, it is not as commonly understood a term as one might think. This is the very unfortunate thing that unites all women, writes Ashleigh Nefdt of Cape {town} Etc.

UNICEF called it “the most widespread and least visible human rights violation in the world”.

When we talk about GBV we are referring to an array of actions, the way we talk and even think that contributes to the rape culture. GBV is not as straightforward as an act of violence, but rather challenges a society that made it happen.

You might want to know a little more about GBV.

For the next 16 days, TikTok is your guide to understanding GBV and sharing what you learn with others, so we can all help each other out a bit more.

To mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, TikTok is partnering with UN Women and NGOs of violence against women and girls (VAWG), such as Gender links, & the Tears Foundation in South Africa, Warif NG & Mirabel Centerin Nigeria, as well as Childline Kenya & LVCT Health to start the conversation about gender-based violence and educate the TikTok community.

While hundreds of millions of women use TikTok every day to entertain, inspire, educate and be the voice of change in their communities, TikTok believes that in order to thrive and feel free to express your creativity, safety is fundamental. However, this is not just for women, but for anyone who wants to learn more and stand up against GBV for the women of our worlds.

We are learning more about GBV to understand, to help. It’s for our moms. Our sisters (blood and heart). Our best friends. The waitress who always makes our day and the speaker who inspired us in her day. The woman who carries a child on her back that we meet in traffic, and the woman that this child will one day become.

A new in-app information center will also launch on TikTok starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on November 25 and ending on International Human Rights Day. human rights on December 10.

Showcasing content from experts around the world and local creators, the hub will give the TikTok community the opportunity to hear from survivors of gender-based violence, learn more about consent and better recognize gender norms. harmful.

The platform encourages its community to share how they intend to stand up for women and girls around the world with #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.

TikTok will host a LIVE on the @genderlinks and @ tiktok.africa TikTok Accounts, to discuss issues relating to solutions needed to help address violence against women and children.

“Please join us on Thursday, December 9 at 2:00 pm to learn more about what we can all do to tackle the violent scourge affecting women and children in Africa,” TikTok said.

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Resources on gender-based violence South Africa:

  • Rape Crisis Cape Town Hotline: 021 447 9762
  • South African hotline VBG: 0800 428 428
  • Foundation of Tears: 010 590 5920 / www.larmes.co.za / [email protected]
  • Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555 / www.childline.org.za / [email protected]
  • People opposed to violence against women: 011 642 4345 / www.powa.co.za / [email protected]
  • Community intervention center helpline: 082 821 3447
  • Free legal advice on WhatsApp (LawForAll): 063 603 3759
  • Stop domestic violence helpline (life line): 0800 150 150
  • Suicide helpline: 0800 567 567
  • SAPS: 10111
  • National telephone line: 0861 322 322
  • Legal Aid: 0800 110 110

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