Newcastle Municipality, together with various stakeholders, visited the St Anthony’s children home in Blaauwbosch on November 23 in the spirit of commemorating the 16 days of activism campaign.
The aim of the campaign was to encourage men to remember their role as protectors in households, and to encourage South Africans to be active participants in eradicating violence against women and children.
Due to the lack of understanding of children and women’s rights, the campaign is needed to educate the nation.
In his address, Newcastle Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi said it was important to understand parents were the only ones who could protect their children from abuse.
“We have been preaching the same gospel to men for over a decade but it seems like it is falling on deaf ears. Our women are still crying and our children are still being abused,” emphasised Cllr Nkosi.
South Africans are urged to support this campaign by wearing a red ribbon during the 16 day period as a symbol of peace, and as a promise to never commit or condone violence.
The programme ended on a high note with a local recording artist entertaining the children and guests, and the Mayor handing out gifts to the children.