Media release

16 Days campaign focuses on drugs and alcohol abuse: 25 November

24 November 2010

24 November 2010

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign kicks off at Khayelitsha, in Cape Town tomorrow (November 25) with a focus on impact of drugs and alcohol abuse on cases of violence against women and children.

The main event starts at 10h00 at OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha and will be addressed by the Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Premier of Western Cape Helen Zille.

Before the main event (08h00), Ministers will visit several houses in Khayelitsha and Philippi on a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness about the role of drugs and alcohol abuse in perpetrating cases of abuse of women and children.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is a partnership between government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), business, traditional leaders, state-owned enterprises (SoEs), civil society and the media to raise awareness about the abuse of women and children. The campaign aims to mobilise all sectors of society to act together against abuse and to support the victims and survivors of abuse.

The launch will be attended by a number of Ministers and senior government officials as well as leaders of civil society organizations.

Details of the main event are as follows:

Venue: OR Tambo Hall, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Date: 25 November 2010
Time: 10h00

The launch will be preceded by door-to-door visits to homes of survivors of violence against women and children in Khayelitsha and Philippi from 08h00

Members of the media are requested to send their name and surname; media house; ID/passport number to:; and

For RSVP Contact:

David Masango
Cell: 083 279 7520

For enquiries contact:

Sibani Mngadi
Cell: 082 772 0161

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)

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