Support 16-day campaign, buy a ribbon

2012-11-30 00:00

A ZULULAND organisation focusing on women and child abuse is actively campaigning during the 16 Days of Activism to sell as many ribbons as possible to help their cause.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign which takes place every year from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).

The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day.

The Reaching Out Organisation team will be at the Boardwalk Inkwazi Mall in Richards Bay today handing out leaflets, and will be selling the purple and white ribbons at R3 each.

The organisation’s founder Pam Govender said the purple ribbon is a symbol for domestic violence prevention and the white ribbon shows the wearer’s commitment to peace and to speaking out against violence against women and children.

“By purchasing a R3 ribbon, one will be taking the opportunity to use a small action to make a big difference and change lives.

“Just by simply wearing the ribbon you are a part of a global movement.

“The proceeds from the R3 ribbon sales will be divided equally between the Reaching Out Organisation and the economic empowerment programme for female survivors of domestic violence,” said Govender.

She said Reaching Out is the only advice and support centre for victims of domestic violence in the area.

“The Reaching Out Organisation tries to empower women in various ways and one such way is to help survivors become economically empowered.

“We nominate survivors to attend various courses, training and skills development,” said Govender.

Reaching Out manager Purity Mdlalose said they have had a space in the mall since yesterday.

“The purpose is awareness. We try and help to give people options,” she said.

“In recent months in Zululand we have seen a spike of domestic violence that has resulted in death. We need to get the message out there that there is help.”

She said they hope to be able to do traffic light hand-outs too.

If you would like to buy a ribbon, call 035 789 9111 or email reachingout@telkomsa.net or find them on Facebook.

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