A MARCH against gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide which was organised by Ward 34 committee members was held in Eastwood last Friday, September 13.Ward 34 councillor Mike Amod said it was time this community addressed the issue of violence against women and children. “I am thankful to the committee that organised this event because awareness needs to be raised on the ongoing killings of women and children. Our community is also facing issues of drug abuse and gang violence which may also have an impact on the statistics of gender-based violence cases,” said Amod. He also stressed that it was time they stood their ground and “took back” the community. “It is time we all took a stand against any form of abuse. We will not be quiet. It’s time to claim back this territory because this ward has no place for evil spirits, we will pray for all these social problems while fighting them in our community,” said Amod.Community members, Eastwood Primary School pupils, SAPS, Department of Health and other stakeholders were part of the event. A Panaroma resident, who did not want to be named, said when she heard of the GBV event, she had to be part of it. “Seeing the news on women being killed by their partners scared me because my husband hits me at times. Previously he has made it clear that there would be no divorce between us so that is why I am here today to actually find out what can I do in the situation that I am in,” said the resident.Eastwood senior citizen Peter Diedricks has pleaded with young South African men saying it’s time they treated women with love and respect. “It is very frustrating to see men treat women like this, it is even more frustrating that we are old and cannot do anything about it. “But if there is still some sense left in these young men, they will hear the nation’s cry and stop this horrible habit,” said Diedricks.