Revolutionary Protest On Valentine's Day

2013-02-05 04:55

Amina Cachalia, an icon of the freedom struggle in South Africa, has left us at a time when our Country is faced with many difficult challenges in terms of governance, corruption, service delivery, poverty alleviation, growing unemployment and inequalities.

To quote Former President Thabo Mbeki :“It’s very bad that we lose people like her when it’s quite clear that, at this particular moment, we need (them) to really recall what our struggle was all about, what its values were and what was intended to be achieved.”

It could well be argued that Amina and others like Helen Joseph, Charlotte Maxeke, inter alia, are the founders of the new South Africa harmoniously incorporating its religious, language, cultural and racial diversity.

Her vision and mission to promote gender equity, women empowerment, non-racialism, training, skills development and the financial independence of women should continue.

We need to correctly pick up the baton left by the Cachalias, which include her husband Yusuf, and keep alive the struggle for a life of dignity and equality for all who live in South Africa.

I believe in order to cherish and salute the sacrifices, principles and values of our heroes of the South African women’s struggle we need to robustly promote an end to violence against women most especially that of rape.

The high number of rapes being reported in the mass media is totally unacceptable, painfully intolerable and urgently needs to be brought to the attention of our government.

This immoral act brings about panic and anxiety into the lives of every citizen of South Africa. It is so sad that most women live in fear of being raped.

According to Women’s Net, “One In Nine” campaign, a study by The Medical Research Council (MRC) concluded that sexual violence indicated that only one out of every nine rape survivors report the attack to the police.  Furthermore, statistics indicate that of the cases that do reach the courts, less than 5 % of the rapists are convicted. This highlights the serious need for reform of the institutional framework for responding to women who speak out.

We cannot turn a blind eye to this sort of illegal action any longer; something needs to be done to protect every woman from this despicable criminal act.

In this regard I would like to encourage all to join and support V-Day activists and communities around the globe to demand an end to violence against women and girls on 14th February 2013.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. In order to understand the grave importance of this cause, one must know that violence is an issue that plagues all women and men in every part of the globe.

I hope that the knowledge that violence against women and girls is a common issue for all people will inspire you to join V-Day in their mission to end the violence and change the story of women.

To sign up and learn more please visit www.onebillionrising.org

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