|The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) mourns the death of millions of women and children, that have died through the hands of violence and sexual abuse. The 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from the 25th of November-10 December. The aim of this project is to eradicate all forms of violence against women and children.
“Our children are our most treasured asset. They are not ours to be abused but to be loved and nurtured. Their well-being is ultimately the well-being of an entire nation”-Nelson Mandela 1999.
The abuse and exploitation of women and children is a world-wide phenomenon. Unfortunately in Africa, the reality of this crime which has evolved into the heinous crime of human trafficking, child pornography, sexual grooming, harmful traditional practices, trading of body parts and sexual torture of women. Abuse, more especially in children below the age of 10, is increasing exponentially.
Crimes against women and children are overshadowed by problems of poverty and the failure of those in power to impact change, to appreciate the scope and extent of the abuse and exploitation of women and children. The fact that computer facilitated offences against women , more especially children, require specialised investigative and prosecutorial skills and up- dated knowledge of these offences by the judiciary.
Women and children are blinded by tears of pain and deafened by the silence of those who should be protecting them. NADEL stands boldly to join in the fight against the gross betrayal of our women and children.
NADEL will establish advice desks which will be stationed at respective courts during this campaign. The aim of these advice desk is to offer free legal advice to victims of abuse.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA.
By: Memory Sosibo
Publicity Secretary, NADEL Executive Committee,
Contact: 081 710 7910
02 December 2016