BRAVING the heat on Friday, September 20, a group of girls from Raisethorpe and the surrounding areas called the Broken Warriors organised a placard demonstration outside one of Raisethorpe’s service stations to shed light on the ongoing problem of violence against women and children.Broken Warriors comprises a group of school-going girls who are trying to create a dynamic movement to empower women, raise awareness on gender-based violence and also give women an active platform to stand up for themselves. This was the group’s first placard demonstration, and it saw them wear black in solidarity with the recent #EnoughIsEnough movement. Parents of the girls as well as community members joined in the movement by bringing their own placards and by hooting while passing by the group who were demonstrating. One of the girls, Adhila Mkhwanazi, said the main aim of the demonstration was to show society that they are taking a stand against women abuse and are saying no more to it. “We are tired of being slandered, pushed down, raped, and abused. “We want to be heard; we want safety and justice for our sisters,” said Adhila.One of the Broken Warriors’ mother’s, Vanessa Naidoo, who has been supporting the girls’ movement, said the demonstration went well. “We had people coming from work joining in and even the homeless were part of the demonstration,” said Naidoo, who added that DA Councillor Rooksana Ahmed had been very helpful in preparing for the demonstration. “She has been assisting the girls with advice, making placards and also joined the demonstration,” she said.Naidoo said the group is now planning a bigger march. “They are still waiting for permission from local authorities and are trying to schedule a meeting with the mayor,” she said.