Spotlight on the fight against GBV

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SPAR wants to help END gender-based violence – here’s how you can get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Gender-based violence (GBV) can take many forms, including physical, sexual and psychological abuse. It’s time to take a stand and take comfort in knowing you are not alone.

GBV is a social ill and as far as SPAR is concerned, the time for passive involvement in the fight against it is over. The group, consisting of over 900 retail stores across Southern Africa, has pledged to take action against gender-based violence by offering tangible support to victims on a sustainable basis.

“I would like to offer my and my organisation’s sincere support for the victims of gender-based violence . . . I commit myself and my organisation to be part of working towards a practical solution . . . to free our society from all gender-based violence,” says Graham O’Connor, CEO SPAR Group Ltd.

The resulting SPAR initiative is an ongoing campaign aimed at helping END gender-based violence by using their vast footprint and media reach to offer GBV victims access to life-changing help.

SPAR has partnered with LifeLine, a highly established and resourceful trauma counselling call centre, to provide immediate and professional support. The group is also supporting many of the country’s care centres, the Thuthuzela Care Centres (part of government’s anti-rape strategy) and the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women & Children being just two examples. 

They are determined to make a difference by taking the fight against GBV in-store, on radio and across social-media platforms with a bold and arresting “END GBV” message – while providing direct links to help and support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are in need of help or more information, make a FREE call or WhatsApp to 0800 - 150 150. Click here for more formation.

Together we can END gender-based violence in our communities. 

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