On 25 November the annual International 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign commenced and will continue until 10 December.

We, at Wynberg Girls' High School, will be showing our support by sharing tips, advice and helpful channels of communication over the next 11 days. The international theme for 2021 is “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke – 16 Days of Activism – moving from awareness to accountability”.

Given the severity of gender-based violence in South Africa, the government implemented the Emergency Response Action Plan to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in September 2019. The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is at the centre of the government’s comprehensive 365 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. We urge you to stand up and speak out to help break the cycle of violence and abuse in our society. If you know of, or see a friend, family member or neighbour being abused, please help them by speaking out. Don't turn a blind eye.

See the useful government info and numbers below:

The Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) operates under The Department of Social Development. The centre operates a National, 24hr/7days-a-week call centre facility.

The facility employs social workers who are responsible for call-taking and referrals. The centre operates an emergency line number – 0800 428 428. This is supported by a USSD, “please call me” facility: *120*7867#.

A Skype Line ‘Helpme GBV’ for members of the deaf community also exists. (Add ‘Helpme GBV’ to your Skype contacts).

An SMS Based Line 31531 for persons with disabilities (SMS ‘help’ to 31531).

The centre is able to refer calls directly to SAPS (10111) and field Social Workers who respond to victims of GBV.