Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on the 21st of March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. On the 7th of March 2017, Umzimvubu Local Municipality (ULM) together with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) hosted a Human Rights Day Commemoration in Ward 26, Zwelijikile Community Hall.
According to the Mayor of Umzimvubu Local Municipality,” We need our non-profits and our grassroots organizations to embody the spirit of Human Rights Learning. It is this collaboration between the people and their government, and the push from the bottom up, that will make our resolution a success in building a united front at Umzimvubu”.
Domestic violence and gender-based violence is a widespread phenomenon in ULM communities. One of the objectives of this commemoration, is to maximise the impact of both institutions in reaching out to ULM communities in promoting a culture of respect for the values of the constitution. With this said the commemoration also aimed at raising awareness on issues relating to discrimination while promoting socio-economic rights to these communities.
Amongst those that attended the event was SASSA, Government Communications and Information System (GCIS), Department of Justice, Department of Social Development and Alfred Nzo District Municipality. Community members are urged to contact the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) on 0800007709 to report any discrimination formed against him/her.