Facebook campaign shared far and wide

2016-12-13 06:01
 Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project in Lavender Hill ran a Facebook campaign to get women talking. They are happy that the campaign reached many people.

Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project in Lavender Hill ran a Facebook campaign to get women talking. They are happy that the campaign reached many people.

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The Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project in Lavender Hill is “liking” its Facebook campaign the organisation ran for the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Philisa Abafazi Bethu has been working with abused women for years. They say women in the townships mainly stay in abusive relationships because there is no help close to them and they don’t know their rights well enough to stand up for themselves.

The organisation’s theme for this year’s campaign was “Listen to a voice and 16 reasons why she stayed” as a call to women to talk about issues and help each other in dangerous situations through Facebook (“Listen to the reasons women stay”, People’s Post, 22 November).

Many people shared reasons why women stay in abusive relationships during the Facebook campaign.

Lucinda Evans, founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu, says: “It opened a dialogue and it made women talk about different things.

“As a result of the campaign we got a call from as far as Laingsburg where a woman was raped in a cell. We also picketed for no bail for the taxi driver who raped a child in our area and we also helped with a case of rape in Delft. The campaign was shared far and wide and victims and survivors spoke on different issues on domestic violence.”

Through the campaign they were able to pick up that access to information and services is still a huge challenge.

“Women don’t know what to do and where to go. A lot still needs to be done to help our women. Yes, you might have a protection order but some just don’t know how it works.

“To end our campaign we had a women’s dialogue and we discussed how women leaders can be capacitated or given information to be able to share with their communities so that we reduce the number of domestic violence cases. We don’t want a situation where someone is a victim of domestic violence because they don’t know what to do and they don’t have services close to them.

“In the new year women leaders will be equipped so that they can equip their communities.”

Evans says their safe house will continue to be open during the festive season.

“Actually, things can get out of hand and people will need help, so we will be there. We will not stop talking about domestic violence because this cannot be dealt with in just 16 days,” says Evans.V For more information call the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project on 021 802 4030 or on emergency number 076 270 3050.

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