‘I want to be a voice that propels action’

2019-10-02 06:00
Denelle Ince is passionate about fighting gender-based violence.PHOTO: supplied

Denelle Ince is passionate about fighting gender-based violence.PHOTO: supplied

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WITH 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence approaching; and its 2019 theme being “Count me in”;

Denelle Ince of Northdale, who is passionate about raising awareness on social issues, said she started her current purple ribbon drive [Incespire] against domestic violence in 2015 not knowing that four years later she would lose a family member to it.

“We have Women’s Day during Women’s Month but awareness and protection for our women needs to be an everyday reminder.

“I don’t want to be a voice that just speaks but one that propels action,” said Ince.

Ince said she chose the colour purple because it best represents all those victims and survivors who have been physically and emotionally abused. She said that a purple ribbon is a symbol of hope, peace, courage, survival, and dedication to end domestic violence.

“When one is guilty of something like abuse, seeing so many people standing together — even the sight of this symbol — will immediately initiate conviction. Conviction prompts change. Conviction actually stirs up fear in a perpetrator that a victim can and will become a victor with a community behind her,” said Ince.

Over 3 000 ribbons have already been distributed throughout the city.

Ribbons are available at the New Hope Christian Centre, Club Fitness, Molly’s stores, Loop Street Police Station, and from Ince herself.

Ince encourages members of the public to get on board by wearing a ribbon this October, saying: “In wearing these ribbons we also share a sentiment of togetherness.

“I want to be that catalyst for change but it’s not up to just us women to stand together but both men and women.

“It takes a real man to know that a woman came from a man’s rib to be his equal not his victim. Together we can and will do better.”

For more updates on the drive and ribbons, follow Ince on social media.

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