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Ajax support Activism Campaign 08/12/04
Ajax Cape Town have voiced their support to the 16 Days of Activism against Woman and Child Abuse Campaign by donating half of Friday night's gate takings towards the campaign.

The Urban Warriors face Golden Arrows at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night, with the match set for an 20H00 kick-off and have urged their fans to come in droves to support the campaign.

Below is information about the campaign.

The 16 Days of Activism: No Violence Against Women is a United Nations campaign. It takes place annually between 25 November (International Day of No Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The South African Government runs a parallel campaign that includes issues relating to violence against children. This campaign focuses primarily on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children.

The Department of Correctional Services, as the lead department, is working closely with the Office on the Status of Women in the Presidency (OSW), the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons (OSDP), the Office on the Status of Children (OSC) as well as other government departments.

In addition, strategic partnerships between government, civil society and business, have been established to broaden the potential impact of the campaign.

The Campaign's Purpose

- To generate an increased level of awareness amongst South Africans pertaining to the incidence of violence perpetuated against women and children, how it manifests itself within South African society and the negative impact on these vulnerable groups;

- To challenge perpetrators of these offences to change their behaviour;

- To enhance and increase partnerships between government, the private sector, civil society, organised labour, sectoral groups, the faith based organisations, the media (electronic and print) and the diplomatic community in an effort to spread the message;

- To align events in the national programme with that of the international theme for this year, which focuses on matters relating to Womens Health;

- To raise funds for NGOs that work within the sector, providing invaluable support to the victims and survivors of violence;

- To communicate through the most effective and appropriate channels aiming to reach the maximum number of people across the country, particularly women and children residing in rural areas;

- To engage actively with men and boys in the discourse about combating violence in our homes, our communities and in the workplace; and

- To highlight the stories of survivors of gender-based violence and the impact that the campaign has had on their lives.

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