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Intimate Partner Violence And Gender Based Violence

Recent multiple incidents of Intimate Partner Violence and Gender Based Violence has brought thousands of woman from all over South Africa together. Schools and universities across the country are engaged in protests and marches, with many more being planned for the rest of the week. Petitions are going around are going around calling for stiffer sentences including the death sentence.

Anger, frustration and tears over these incidents which include the kidnapping of a little girl has brought solidarity to all. On the other hand solidarity of a different kind sees our country embroiled in xenophobic attacks. It is indeed a very dark period for all South Africans. Most disheartening is that the apex is at the culmination of Woman’s Month. We have just spent a month encouraging and empowering woman and young girls to stand up against GBV and any form of abuse.

Where have we gone wrong? What could we have done differently? What do we do in future?, are the questions many citizens and activists are asking themselves. We have spent many years making lots of noise in marches and protests during 16 Days of Activism, Woman’s Month, Child Protection Week etc. We will continue to do so but is it enough? Are we being heard? Is our message being understood? Sadly the rising statistics indicate it is not enough.

Dont Dump Our Babies

This campaign has come to light after KZN has  experienced an alarmingly  high report of babies being left for dead.  In a period of just  4 weeks we have had 7 babies that have3 been  dumped. Of the seven only  three babies survived. These are the  stats from cases that were  reported and gained media attention. It is heart-breaking to think of the many  cases that never gets reported.

With the support of other organizations, Childline KZN had taken to the streets in large numbers. The aim was for the community member, stakeholder, NGO, corporate and the government sector to have a voice to speak out against dumping and the  abuse of children. We urge people to make  use of free contraceptives that is provided by DOH.  Adoption is real and people should make use of the system.   Don’t dump your baby, find out what options you have.

Encourage individuals to seek the help that they need

Just weeks after Baby Daniel’s mother and her boyfriend were convicted for their in the roles in the death of the 3 year old toddler, a Mpumalanga mother hands herself in to police after her 4 children were found dead. Although we welcome the recent harsh sentences being meted out, we can’t help but wonder what we could have done differently to stop these heinous acts.

Filicide, which is the deliberate act of a parent killing their child, seems to be increasing in South Africa. Research has indicated that these crimes are committed in the context of increased levels of violence, intimate partner violence and violence against children. Family breakdown is the centre of this phenomenon.

As a Child Protection Agency Childline KZN continues to be deeply saddened by these incidents and urge families and individuals in crisis to seek professional help. We urge stakeholders and service providers to promote an ‘open door” policy encouraging individuals to seek the help that they need. So often red tape and protocol discourages an individual from seeking help. The fear of rebuttal or retribution forces one to keep silent. Let’s all stand together and ensure that we as service providers and concerned community members help these families and in turn save our innocent children.

16 Days of Activism – 25 November to 10 December

16 Days of Activism (25 November to 10 December) requires the nation to stand together against the scourge of abuse against our woman and children. The campaign aims to create a widespread awareness on the negative and deep seated impact of abuse on woman and children. There are various elements to abuse against woman which includes physical and sexual abuse, monitoring your sell phone and movements, stalking, finance control, sexual harassment and humiliation and degradation. According to the South African Police Services statistics violence against woman and children have increased by 11 percent over the past two years. The president, in his address at the recent Presidential Summit on Gender Based Violence held in Pretoria acknowledged that South African statistics is almost five times higher than the global average. Gender Based Violence and crimes against children chips away at ones dignity and self-worth. Survivors and victims’ need to be encouraged to stand up to their abusers. Community members need to be proactive and report abuse to the police. The entire country needs to stand together in order to make a difference. Childline KZN encourages everyone to war white ribbon to show their solidarity against abuse of woman and children.

Childline KZN Launches ‘Eye On Your Kid’ Campaign

Durban – Childline KZN took to the streets to launch their Eye on your kid campaign last week. The campaign aims to create awareness around the issue of missing children, child abduction as well as kidnap cases – while urging parents to pay closer attention to their children’s whereabouts and friends.

Speaking about Eye on your kid, Childline’s Adeshni Naicker, said they want to send a message to parents to be more vigilant.

“We are encouraging parents and caregivers to to be more vigilant. Parents need to update the advice they have been giving kids to keep safe. Don’t talk to strangers or ‘Stranger Danger’ is not enough anymore. We need to keep our eyes opened and stay vigilant,” she said.

Naicker encouraged parents to trust their instincts about people around their children, even those they knew.

“If you have a bad feeling about someone, don’t ignore it. Teach your children to do the same. Know where your children are and know who they are with,” she said.

Naicker said combating kidnap and child abductions is a major challenge. She said the community needs to rally together against the scourge.

“We all need to play a part in protecting our children,” she said.

Meanwhile, police have warned against false kidnapping claims doing the rounds on Facebook and WhatsApp groups. The warning was issued by Brigadier Vish Naidoo last week.

He warned residents to refrain from posting and sharing unverified reports.

“The police have, since these postings started going viral, been trying to confirm if those depictions did or did not occur in any part of South Africa. To this day, there is no evidence that suggests firstly, that these incidents happened in South Africa and secondly, that these incidents are actually legitimate, Naidoo said.

Naidoo said some of the videos circulating on social media may even be re-enactments.

“They are conveniently taken in a way that neither the location nor any other information can be ascertained,” he said.

Naidoo appealed to social media users to act responsibly and verify information before posting.

On Sunday, reports circulated about an attempted kidnapping at a popular shopping centre in Westville. According to centre management, no such case was reported to them.

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Let’s protect our children #eyeonyourkid

The escalating number of missing children is shocking. In less than a week, a body of a young boy has been found, a body of a new born baby found and an infant returned to her family after being kidnapped from her home. Media this week has been overflowing with articles and comments on child abuse, trafficking, missing children and abandoned babies. Combating these problems is becoming a major challenge and we need the community to rally together and take a stand against this scourge. Let’s protect our children #eyeonyourkid

After an Attempted Abduction – Guidance for adults on what to say and do to keep kids safe!

Good morning Superheroes!💕

Everyday we are faced with many issues and obstacles that come our way in our day to day lives. Abduction is one of the serious issues that’s becoming more and more known in South Africa as the number of children that are being abducted are increasing.

As human beings we need to be more aware of our children and try to eradicate this terrible issue that people are faced with. Please go to the following link to read up more about how to keep our children safe🌼

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Childline Wish All Woman A Happy Woman’s Month

As woman we need to believe that each and every one of us has a calling in life and this calling is unique and special. We need to believe in ourselves and what we are worth this is the key to success for every woman. Happy Woman’s Month From Childine KZN.