“Take back the night”

2018-12-06 06:01
Take back the night marched in Gugulethu organised by Ilitha Labantu.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Take back the night marched in Gugulethu organised by Ilitha Labantu.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children, Ilitha Labantu, a community based organisation, marched around the streets of Gugulethu.

Called Take Back The Night, “Reclaiming Our Streets”, it has become an annual event.

Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, a United Nations Women Executive Director was also part of the march, which included other community organisations and churches.

Founder of Ilitha Labantu Mandisa Monakali said the activism required to address violence against women and children should not be limited to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, as it is a daily occurrence in our country.

Monakali said a new strategy is needed which will have a 365 days emphasis in which this will be prioritized.

“South Africa is in a very peculiar position. While we have the most progressive constitution in the world, that emphasizes the protection of all, women and children included, the problem herein lies in the implementation of these laws. Going forward we need to have policies that help to bring about meaningful change in our society, as we cannot claim to be making any real progress until this issue is adequately addressed”, she said.

Ngcuka said violence against women and children is experienced everywhere in the world and for it to stop, it needs people to assist where they can.

“The violence is very problematic and we need to increase the number of people fighting the scourge,” she said.

she said they need to ensure that when children get to her age, violence against women and children will be a thing of the past.

She added that there must be proper policies in place, which must be implemented by those in power.

Reverend Lulama Sibeko of the Reformed Apostolic Mission of Southern Africa said as pastors they need to lead by example and not only preach about abuse behind pulpits.

“Enough is enough; we need such events to happen on a daily basis so that perpetrators can stop because they are not just abusing an individual but the whole community,” she said.

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