oa South African Medical Journal - The dual burden of gender-based violence and HIV in adolescent girls and young women in South Africa : guest editorial

Volume 106, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The 16 Days of Activism is an international awareness-raising campaign that promotes no violence against women and children. Each year the campaign runs between 25 November and 10 December and overlaps with World AIDS Day on 1 December. Adopted by South Africa (SA) in 1998, the campaign aims to raise awareness among South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children on all members of the community. This campaign is particularly relevant in the SA context, as young women aged 15 - 24 years, who have the least power in society, bear an enormous burden of both intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV.

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