Stop violence against women and children

By admin
22 November 2013

Zelda la Grange, private secretary to ex-president Nelson Mandela, will be blogging for YOU during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Every year, from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), the world turns its attention to the plight of abused women and children.

During these 16 days we’re supposed to wear a white ribbon and oppose violence against women and children. But is this enough?

Is 16 days enough when our country has been dubbed the rape capital of the world?  Will 16 days help a country where women have more chance of being raped than learning how to read? A country that measures in seconds how often a women is raped?

A bruise can heal in 16 days but for the survivors of sexual violence, the veiled emotional scars last a lifetime.

Tomorrow, Saturday, I’ll be walking in Midrand, Kyalami, for those survivors – for the hundreds and thousands of women and children who spoke out against monstrous crimes – and for the countless women and children who did not.

Sisters with Blisters takes place annually and is now in its eighth year. The protest walk is sponsored by 1st for Women Insurance and Jacaranda FM.

It’s such an important event for Gauteng and it’s encouraging that so many people have already registered to take part.

Sisters with Blisters is a platform where the men and women of Gauteng can voice their frustration about this epidemic that beings such shame to our beloved country.

Hopefully someone will listen. Hopefully someone will realise that 16 days is not enough – violence against women and children should be a dealt with 365 days a year!

-Zelda la Grange

Zelda works with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and does motivational talks. She is active with projects such as Bikers for Mandela Day and Sisters with Blisters in her role as patron for the 1st for Women Insurance Trust.

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