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Youth Summit to tackle gender violence

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A youth summit organised by civil society and inter-faith organisations will be held during the international 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence on 10 December 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope. The youth summit is an initiative advocated by Madina Institute, Centre for Non-violence and Peace Studies, United Nations Association of South Africa and Cape Town YMCA, with the support of various NGO’s and corporate sponsors in the Western Cape.

The youth summit aims to look at the effect and impact gender-based violence has on young people, and the summit’s goal is to bring together diverse youth from the Cape Metro area, to engage and participate against gender-based violence. The summit also aims at providing a platform for the youth to creatively express their voices, breaking youth silence on violence targeted at women and children. The summit coincides with the international 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence from 21 November, and with International Human Rights Day on December 10th.

“Orange the World international campaign, under the auspices of the United Nations is about breaking silence on gender-based violence, not just in South Africa, but for the entire globe”, says Ali Kiyaei, Secretary General of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA).

“The South Africa youth summit event is a grass roots initiative, supported by corporate social investment sponsors and NGO partners.”

The event is free and aims to keep the youth occupied through dialogue, discussion and edutainment.
According to Fatima Hendricks, the event convenor from Madina Institute Centre of Non-violence and Peace Studies, NGO’s will display information, resources and go-to-places for young people seeking help with gender-based violence. In addition, an artistic expression by a group of young girls, themed Imagining a world without gender-based violence will be on display.

Young people aged 13-19yrs are invited to register online to attend the youth summit, via the website, until 09 December 2016.

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