Friday, 25 November 2016 marks the start of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. Mustadafin Foundation, a Western Cape non-profit organisation, is once again at the forefront in poverty-stricken communities in Cape Town to educate and raise awareness on gender-based violence.

Initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the campaign celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and takes place internationally from Friday, 25 November 2016 until Saturday, 10 December 2016.

Director of Mustadafin Foundation, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, says, “This year, our focus is not only on violence against women and children; we are focusing on men as well. We often overlook that everyone is susceptible to violence, regardless of their gender or age. We deal with numerous violent cases throughout the year, be it women, men or children.”

Education is a key focus for the Foundation and for the 16-day period they will create awareness on domestic violence as well as social, health and safety issues. World Aids Day is taking place on 01 December 2016 and the Foundation will have an awareness programme where youth, aged between 14 and 18 years living in Tafelsig and Delft, will be educated on HIV and AIDS.

“We are calling on all residents to advocate peace in the home not only for 16 days, but for 365 days. Without education, support and commitment, gender-based violence will not stop. We call on everyone to please report suspicious and violent crimes to the SAPS,” concludes Johnstone-Cassiem.

For more information on any of the programmes or to donate, please contact Mustadafin Foundation on 021-633-0010 or visit their website at www.mustadafin.org.za. Join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation.