Say no to women and child abuse

2016-12-01 06:00
 Photo: supplied Residents and members of Ascot carrying placards outside the Tongaat Town hall.

Photo: supplied Residents and members of Ascot carrying placards outside the Tongaat Town hall.

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SCORES of residents gathered at the Tongaat Town Hall to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children on 23 November. The Association of Senior Citizens of Tongaat (Ascot) organised the function.

Chairperson of Ascot Bob Gounden said: “The intention of the event was to raise awareness on women and children abuse. We invited a guest speaker who delivered talks at the function motivating women to be positive.

“More than 600 people attended the function and I can say without a doubt that it was a great success. We will continue with such functions in order to show support to women and children.”

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is observed worldwide to raise awareness on women and children abuse. It is held from 25 November to 10 December annually.

Among the dignitaries who attended the function was director of Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre Pravin Patak who said women and children must be protected from becoming victims of abuse.

“16 Days of Activism is an awareness to respect women and children in our society. In terms of care and respect towards women, we can build a strong society based on ethical and moral values.

“The values that we seek today are of respect, unconditional love and forgiveness. These are the aspects that can assist us in caring for women and children,” Patak added.

A rape survivor Cindy Mzobe (30) is adamant that the government is lagging far behind in educating residents and raising awareness on women and children abuse. “The 16 days of activism campaign must not be an annual event, rather a continuous campaign that educates the members of the public about women and children abuse. Being a rape survivor I do not think we are doing enough to stand against women and children abuse.”

Mzobe was gang raped at her home by six men in 2010. Despite this awful experience, she inspires youth to refrain from drugs.

She is also a pastor at the Marashanth International Ministries church in Tongaat.

Members of the public who may wish to get more information can call any one of the following numbers:

SA National Council for Child Welfare on 011 452 4110

Gender-based violence command centre

0800 428 428

Stop gender violence helpline

0800 150 150

Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (Famsa)

011 975 7107.

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