The 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children is under way. This is something that I feel really strongly about.No one should live in fear. No one should ever be made to feel unworthy, unloved and disrespected.
Sadly, as much as I love my country, I’m not living naively.Our rape statistics are nauseating and South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. The Department of Justice estimates that 1 out of every 4 South African women are survivors of domestic violence.
Yes, I often see people say: “Why only 16 days? It should be 365 days.” I agree, however, having 16 days specially dedicated means a awareness is raised, which will hopefully carry out into the rest of the year. A bruise can heal in 16 days but for the survivors of abuse, the emotional scars last a lifetime and are often hidden.
The 1st for Women Foundation was established 11 years ago and their objective is to uplift and inspire the women of South Africa. So far, they’ve done an exceptional job of raising R49 million, which goes to a number of women-related charity organisations that focus on two main causes: violence against women and cervical cancer.
One of the events they’re involved with is the #SisterswithBlisters peaceful protest in Johannesburg and Durban.
It happened in Johannesburg at Monte Casino, in Fourways this past weekend and in Durban at Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga a few weekends ago.
It was an amazing day out where everyone – families, groups of friends, work colleagues, 4-legged friends, young and old got together, dressed up, stepped out, spoke out and inspired victims of abuse to change their lives for the better.
Look at this beauty cooling down…
Even though it’s called Sisters with Blisters, I am always so impressed by how many men show up. I think it’s amazing to see men standing up for women and being role models for men and the younger generation – showing them that real men respect women. Real men understand the meaning of No! Real men protect women and children.
Well done to everyone who participated and well done to the 1st for Women Foundation who are pivotal in the women of our countries future.