In a commitment to fostering a safer society, Keready, a youth-led health movement, is dedicating its efforts to help eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) during the upcoming 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign.
The campaign is a United Nations global initiative that takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Through participation in community events, a social media campaign, and partnerships with like-minded organisations, the movement aspires to create a collective voice against gender-based violence.
Dr. Dineo Sefoloko, a passionate young doctor overseeing mobile clinics in the Durban-region, emphasises the significance of prioritising love, happiness, health and safety. She remarks, “South Africa has one of the highest rates of GBV in the world. Let’s unite to halt violence, curb the spread of disease, and eliminate any behaviour that poses harm to ourselves or others. It’s crucial to reflect on what truly matters: our health and wellness.”
With its 46 mobile clinics, manned by teams consisting of nurses, mobilisers, and communicators and led by ten young doctors, Keready is actively engaging throughout the year in educational initiatives designed to equip young minds with the knowledge and awareness necessary to identify, prevent, and combat gender-based violence.
“We recognise the urgency of interventions to address specific challenges associated with GBV. For example, reproductive health often is a cause for conflict where couples may disagree on an approach, mental health if there is lack of understand of issues and how they may not be able to be control without medical inetrvention, myths about health and causes of ill-health often result in suspicion or mistrust -and many more catalysts that manifest in GBV.
“By collaborating with local organisations, healthcare professionals, and community leaders, Keready seeks to create awareness and behavioural change around health and wellness of youth and their communities, which directly impact some of the root causes of gender-based violence,” says young doctor Dr. James Menya-Artivor, overseeing mobile clinics in the Gauteng region.
As the 16 Days of Activism unfolds, Keready extends an invitation to individuals, communities, and organisations to unite in the quest for a society free from violence. By nurturing awareness, implementing impactful interventions, and championing a culture of equality, Keready aims to act as a catalyst for positive change throughout this campaign. This commitment is evident not only through the presence of their mobile clinics on the ground but also across their social media platforms, including @kereadysa, and their 24/7 WhatsApp line: 060 019 0000.