Speaking out in one voice

2019-12-10 06:00
Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, Sozo Foundation and numerous other organisations protested GBV earlier this year.

Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, Sozo Foundation and numerous other organisations protested GBV earlier this year. (Racine Edwardes)

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The annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign has more significance in South Africa this year than ever before.

Since the spate of violent attacks on women this year, the country has banded together to fight the scourge of gender-based violence – and Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation hopes to play a role in ridding the country of this crime.

Kyle Cupido, project manager at the foundation, says over the course of the 16 days they will be working collaboratively to host programmes and inform the community. 

“We educated people around domestic violence; whether they are male or female survivors, whether it is physical abuse, psychological, verbal, emotional, sexual or financial,” says Fatiema Asvat, marketing and fundraising manager at the foundation. 

She added: “The foundation was blessed with the presence of Cpt Stephen Knapp from Muizenberg police station, who addressed us all with the roles and responsibilities of the police when it comes to violence – specifically domestic violence. He made us feel safe and gave us hope. He went through all procedures – legally and lawfully – and shared valuable information step by step to equip and empower the people facing these challenges.”

The foundation staged a peaceful protest at the corner of Vrygrond Avenue and Prince George Drive (M5) to continue to raise awareness about gender-based violence on Tuesday 26 November. 

“We took to the streets and we raised our voices, we spoke for those who cannot, we fight for those who are six feet under and we stand united for those who stand alone,” she says.

According to her, this topic is especially important in the Vrygrond community – and in the Cape Flats –because the stories of the victims such as Jessie Hess and Uyinene Mrwetyana resonate with women.

“Different types of abuse were identified by so many different women and men. Through our peaceful protesting, our picketing to fight and stand against all the abuse, the rape, the murders and the battering; our communities opened up and shared their stories. They suffer tremendously and we want change.”

Asvat says the foundation aims to raise awareness every day of the year, “and we will continue to do so for years to come”.


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