Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN

On 3 December 2021 the PHSDSBC Commemorated the fight against GBV, HIV and Aids and Covid 19

This is noted by the President of the Republic of South Africa that the country is experiencing 3 pandemics”.

Gender Based Violence

2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. Inspired by the original vision and history of the Campaign, which focused on raising awareness about violence against women (VAW), and considering the continuing impunity for femicide, this year the Campaign focuses on the issue of “femicide and/or the gender-related killing of women.”

In 2021, in addition to the anniversary theme, the campaign continues its program activities to end gender-based violence (GBV) in the world of work by focusing on the link between domestic violence and the world of work, drawing on legal standards outlined in International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Covid 19

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of lockdown measures in the past 18 months have exacerbated GBV in South Africa.
The deep-rooted patriarchy in our communities is the foundation and springboard for GBV to continue in South Africa. The country continues the fight of the pandemic to curb the spread and protect life and livelihoods of our people through multiple interventions (vaccination and other protocols) and in line with the disaster management act, national department health regulations.

HIV/ AIDS

South Africa has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV/AIDS pandemic around and there are notable achievements to celebrate, in review of the efforts the republic has done in addressing the pandemic for the past 20 years. The virus still exists, it is there for imperative that the fight continues to encourage positive living, promotion of zero stigma and discrimination.