16 Days Of Discontent Day 1: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

picture of a court gavelThe 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women were first introduced into South Africa by women’s organisations in 1993, with government taking up the Campaign in 1997. In 2015 our Campaign asks: what has changed? We’ll explore this question by reviewing what has altered since 2014’s 16 Days Campaign.

We know that violence against women and children is a big and persistent problem in our country. But who cares for those victims?

Our particular focus this year is on those who care for victims of violence against women and children. We want to talk about the care and the quality of services provided by government departments and organisations. We’ve chosen this out of a real sense that the quality of services is stagnating and in some instances, even declining. Uncaring responses compound the original harm by giving victims of violence the message that they don’t matter.

Today’s focus is the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, chosen because they’ve made the most progress in improving services to rape survivors over the last year.

Download the report on the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Infographic on the DOJ here

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