Tears Foundation fights against GBV

With the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence approaching, the Tears Foundation urges individuals to treat every day as an activism day to make the world a better space for everyone.

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the International Human Rights Day on December 10, the 16-day period begins this year on both dates.

The Tears Foundation aims to spread a message of action far and wide, not just during this campaign but also for many days before and after.

They are calling for male voices to amplify the voices of women, to step up, stand up and speak up for their mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, grandmothers, cousins and aunts.

According to Tarryn Draai of Tears Foundation, it is imperative to call on South Africans, and especially men, to do their part to stop this plague that is drowning our beautiful country as the numbers on GBV climb and become more horrifying.

“While men and boys are unfortunately also sometimes victims of GBV, it is important to note that this atrocity disproportionately affects women and girls as there is a correlation between females’ subordinate status in our society and their increased vulnerability to violence.

“It is because of these unequal power relationships that we are calling on all men to become defenders of women,” said Tarryn.

For those affected by GBV, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, the TEARS Foundation offers access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and preventative education services.

If you know anyone or would like to get help, here’s how:

• Help at your fingertips: *134*7355#

• Storefinder locator:

• Helpline: 010 590 5920 (standard rates apply)

• Email address:

With a free service available to everyone with a phone, all of these platforms are monitored around the clock, every day of the year, across the country.

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