Shelter’s journey recorded in book

2019-09-17 06:00
The book, Survivors, raises the profile of the victims of gender-based violence and provides an insight into how these women and children are able to strengthen their lives and return to society being confident. From left are Dulcie Kirby, Delene Roberts and Henrietta Du Preez at the book launch.

The book, Survivors, raises the profile of the victims of gender-based violence and provides an insight into how these women and children are able to strengthen their lives and return to society being confident. From left are Dulcie Kirby, Delene Roberts and Henrietta Du Preez at the book launch.

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A book about the Kenilworth-based Sisters Incorporated, titled Survivors, was launched at Isibaya Room at the Artscape Theatre in the CBD recently.

The book records the growth of the shelter over the past 60 years.

The shelter works with abused women and their children.

In the book, author Dulcie Kirby takes readers on a journey from the time the shelter opened its doors in 1959 to the 1994 transition. She also tells the inspirational stories of the survivors.

The book is the brainchild of Lorraine de Villiers, vice-chair of the shelter’s board who was inspired by the “many thank you letters” from the women residing at the shelter during their healing process.

“It was time for others in similar situations of gender-based violence to be encouraged to seek healing at places like Sisters Incorporated,” says Lorraine.

Dulcie says the book is relevant to everyone concerned and raises questions about gender-based violence in society.

Amelia Jones, chair of the shelter, attributes the shelter’s success to the “solid foundation” laid by the founders 60 years ago, the donors and supporters who enabled the transformation towards the reinvention, the staff and board members that always shows commitment. Proceeds of the book sales will help with the running of the shelter.

V The book costs R250 per copy. Contact admin@sisters.org.za or 021 797 4190 to buy a copy or for more information.

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