Amanina urges the abused to talk more

2018-03-15 06:01
Chairperson of Amanina, Lindiwe Macingwane urges women to speak out on abuse.           PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Chairperson of Amanina, Lindiwe Macingwane urges women to speak out on abuse. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Women in Nyanga converged at Zolani Centre last Thursday to launch Amanina organisation as another brick in the fight against women and children abuse.

The organization was formed in 2007 with the objective of assisting vulnerable and abused women.

During the event, people were also entertained with a stage play written specifically for the day, and was performed by members of Amanina.

Lindiwe Macingwane, the chairperson, speaking to City Vision, described their organisation as an asset to the community as it aims to educate and inform people about their rights.

“We perceived that there are many women and children that are abused by their families.

So, we went around in the communities talking to people and where we hear that there is a family that likes to fight or a child that is being abused or ignored by their parents, we intervene and talk to them,” said Macingwane.

She said they are working close with ward councillors, government departments and social workers in the area.

“Sometimes if we find that there are children who are drug addicts, we refer them to the rehabilitation centres to be assisted.

Or sometimes we find a child with disability we refer to social works to deal with the child,” she said, adding that they also referred indigent people to the Department of Social Development.

Macingwane said their objective is to support and unite families.

“There are some women that we have assisted, and with whom we meet every Tuesdays to discuss our challenges as women.

And we ensure that what we discussed doesn’t go outside,” she said.

Ward Councilor Luyanda Nyingwa said most of the people that are being dealt with in the organization have health issues.

“Most are elderly people and disabled children. Some have defaulted on their medication because they can’t go to hospital.

So, Amanina also assists by bringing medication to their doorstep,” said Nyingwa.

He said he would like to see more government departments coming closer to the people.

Betty Maarman, from Zwelitsha, is one of the women who receive assistance from the organisation.

She said: “We have a chance to speak out. We don’t stress anymore now.”

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