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Activism support grows

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, November 24, 2012

COMMUNITIES around the country have shown support towards increasing the awareness of violence against women and children.

This was made known this week when the government confirmed the implementation of its 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

A statement from the Information Ministry said the campaign would provide various activities for women in the 14 provinces.

Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the introduction of such activities was key in raising awareness of violence against women and children.

"Altogether 13 communities have made known their willingness to commit to this project," Dr Luveni confirmed.

"At present the breakdown of the 13 committed communities is five from the Central Division, three from the north, four from the west and one from the Eastern Division.

The Ministry of Women intends to work with community leaders and the police to prepare for the initiative, which is estimated to take "a few months" in preparation time, the Ministry of Information confirmed on Monday, November 19.

The campaign is expected to start tomorrow through to December 10, which is also Human Rights Day.

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