Campaign against gender violence­ ­

2018-02-13 06:00

Local non-profit organisation Women2Women will address 700 learners at Crystal Secondary School in Hanover Park on Monday 26 February.

The programme forms part of 1Billion Rising, an international campaign taking place across the world for the month of February.

Yaseen Johaar, spokesperson for Women2Women, says the informative talk will cover major issues within the community of Hanover Park and aims to give its young leader a voice against abuse, violence and rape.

The group is also set to launch their Women2Women Girls’ Club (W2W GC) on the same day.

The club is launching with the aim of creating a platform of assistance to learners and teachers around gender-based violence issues during school hours.

“Although the odds are always against us on the Cape Flats, we will never let this be a barrier in showing our support to speak out against the increasingly abusive behaviour and rape culture rate happening in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and throughout the world.

“Accessing and mobilising gender-based violence development under difficult and extreme conditions, whether directly or indirectly, links towards establishing communities that are free from gender-based violence,” says Johaar.

“Crystal Senior is the first school we approached to host such a programme and we would like to spread our wings to other high schools in and around Hanover Park as well.

“To add, our team strives to provide the best supporting structures for the community at no cost to the survivor who needs help or the perpetrator who wants to be rehabilitated.

“We also aim to provide proactive and fun-filled programmes to nurture and develop character and ability in order for our youth to become tomorrow’s leaders – leaders who are protectors of women, their rights and wellbeing.”

Johaar says the 1Billion Rising themed programme is set to kick off at 08:30 sharp and will be hosted during the school’s assembly period on the day.

Keynote speakers include Grizelda Grootboom and Colonel Dawood Laing, the chief commander at Philippi Police Station.

“A song and spoken word item will also be rendered by one of the learners as part of the theme. We are currently awaiting a response from representatives of UCT’s Gender Health Justice Research Unit, as well as the WCED’s Safe Schools Programme­.

“As part of our guest list we extended invitations to members of the governing body of the school, an imam, a pastor, the councillor, the community policing forum and other influential personalities in the community­.”

The organisation has been serving communities since its inception in May 2015, hosting various programmes for the youth, adults and seniors.

They call on the public to join hands with them in growing their programme in underprivileged communities in 2018.

V For more information on Women2Women’s upcoming programmes, email Yasmina Johaar on


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