DIFFERENT organisations came together to march against the abuse of women and children last Thursday. The march, which was organised by the Department of Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal, commenced at The University of South Africa (Unisa) and ended at Market Square. It was supported by the SAPS, Durban University of Technology, Unisa, Nomaswazi High School, and non-profit organisation Moral Regeneration. Dorah Khululisile Sibande, the district coordinator for Umgungundlovu at the Department of Community Safety and Liaison, told Echo that this is not the first march that they have held and they have plans to do more. “With everything that has been going on in our country, we decided to stand up and raise our voices to say that we are against the abuse of women and children. “We recently partnered with the Durban University of Technology and we will soon be visiting higher education institutions to raise awareness about the abuse of women and children.“This is not the first programme that we have held to try and raise awareness about abuse. We recently held a women’s dialogue and the resolution there was that we need to do a march before starting with other programmes involving fighting this stigma of the abuse of women and children,” she said.Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, who was also part of the march, said, as the police, they will not stop at just being a part of the march but that they will go into the communities and raise awareness and also teach people about abuse. “We want to go to all the schools, and even the crèches, so that we can teach children about the issue — they need to know what abuse is and, when it does happen, how they can go about reporting it. We want to see a decrease in the number of cases of abuse reported next year when the president is delivering the statistics. “We will go everywhere, even to churches, to try and fight this problem that is killing our future,” he said. Ngobese said they have already started educating and raising awareness in the community who live in rural areas as a part of trying to fight the problem.“In Taylors Halt, in Elandskop, we visit different communities every Sunday to try and raise awareness.We are going to continue and visit other areas, including schools and churches,” said Ngobese.