Drive to combat abuse launched

2010-08-09 00:00

THE Shotokan Karate International-Do of South Africa (Skisa), in partnership with Pick n Pay, will host a gathering to honour women and put the stamp of commitment on its “Stop Women, Children and Aged Abuse” campaign at the Pick n Pay hypermarket in Durban North today.

The aim of the campaign is to educate the public about the evils of abuse and to empower women, children and youth with skills both physically and psychologically, according to Skisa president Kyoshi Sonny Pillay.

“Our aim is to help create a society that is safe and secure for the women and children of our country. In order for us to be successful, we need to form strong partnerships with the public and private sector,” said Pillay.

Although Skisa aims to teach as many people as possible the art of self-defence, it is also aware that combating violence requires a multi-pronged approach, so it has teamed up with Pick n Pay, schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Childline, the police child protection unit and the Advice Desk for the Abused to ensure that the Women’s Day celebration is a vehicle to spread information to the public.

The co-odinator of the function, Tina Lee Singh, said she is excited about the programme, which includes sketches, talks by professionals, a self-defence course and lots of prizes for guests.

“I urge women and children to attend. Many women are being abused without even realising it. We want to make people aware of the scourge of abuse that is plaguing our society today and to arm them with adequate information so that we can put an end to violence in our society. As women, we need to empower ourselves by developing skills,” she said.

Speakers of the day include Ela Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, Zamagela Magoso of Childline-South Africa and Shabnam Mohamed of Advice Desk for the Abused.

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