Lifeline Krugersdorp recently released shocking information about gender-based violence. According to their statistics, a girl is more likely to be raped than to get an education in South Africa.
The frightening truth is the number of women raped each year in South Africa makes up a line of women standing shoulder to shoulder from Durban to Johannesburg and back (which is 915 kilometres).
“One women is raped every 17 seconds. More than 210 women are raped every hour. And there are an average of 1,8 million rapes every year,” said Karina Swart, director of Lifeline in Krugersdorp.
The members of the West Rand office are challenging all local governmental institutions, businesses, schools and members of our community to join them in making a stand against rape, abuse and violence against women and children by wearing black every Thursday – not just during the 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse, but every Thursday in the year.
What can you do?
• Share the campaign idea with your colleagues, peers, workforce and family members.
• Adopt the campaign. Your dress options for the “Thursdays In Black” campaign include wearing anything black that you have in your cupboard or investing in buying a campaign T-shirt. For those of you who are required to wear compulsory uniforms you can still participate in the campaign by wearing the “Thursday In Black” campaign badge.
• Be creative – link your campaign to team building activities. You could come up with your own art work and slogans. Just keep within the focus of stopping the violence. Remember to share these ideas with us.
• Share your campaign support by taking photographs of your team, colleagues, family, friends, and neighbours on Thursdays wearing black. Forward your photographs to [email protected] and post your campaign support on your company website, blog, Facebook page, etc. Remember to forward your online addresses promoting your participation in the campaign.
• Spread the word – promote the campaign. Get as many people to participate. Our goal is to have all West Rand community members supporting the campaign.
Lifeline has provided some ideas, which you are welcome to implement:
• February – Valentine’s Day – switch from wearing red to black in support of no violence. At school discos and dances, get the pupils to wear black. Do the same at adult events.
• Support poorly resourced schools, churches, youth clubs and other community structures to participate in the campaign by sponsoring campaign badges and T-shirts.
• Invite a Lifeliner to engage with you and your team and colleagues about the campaign and share any other exciting ideas you have in mind.
To seek help as a victim of abuse, contact the National Crisis Line on 0861 322 322, the Gender Violence Helpline on 0800 150 150, or the National Aids Helpline on 0861 012 322. Any person who wishes to seek personal growth advice or other counselling can contact Lifeline on 011 665 2281 or send an email to [email protected].
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