Support needed for Jes Foord’s 16 Days of Activism initiative

2018-12-11 06:00

THE Jes Foord Foundation, which commemorates the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children all year round, is partnering with Pinetown Courts as well as Rotary Westville to host a party for the brave children who are witnesses in court. The event will take place on December 13.

Founder of the foundation Jes Foord explained what the 16 days of Activism means to them: “We are 365 days of Activism and appreciate the extra focus over these 16 Days. We use this time to work with our various partners in strengthening the message of empowering rape survivors.”

She said that the reason they are hosting this party is to support the amazing children who have been brave enough to go to court as witnesses to crime but that: “the event is not only for the children but to support the staff at Pinetown Court who work with these children in preparation for court.”

As they are an NPO, Foord says they would like the public to lend a helping hand in sponsoring them with small snack packs (chocolates, biscuits, small juice and small chips) for 72 children. “Anyone who is able to donate the usage of a jumping castle for the day would be appreciated,” she said.

The message she wants to leave is that the public should treat every case as if they were the victim. She also stated that we should all become ambassadors of important information by knowing where the closest Thuthuzela Centre is, know that you have 72 hours to get medication, don’t bath after an assault as your body is the crime scene, and talk to someone if you are being abused.

“Our message to pupils when we do an awareness talks is about understanding consent; ‘no means no’ and ‘my voice my power’,” she concluded.

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