South Africa, our country of birth and origin. A country made up of eleven official languages nine magnificent provinces each with its own character, beauty, identity, cultural diversity, religion and sense of warmth. However, in our beautiful serene views where civilization lies within our country is there a cry of “help me” in every language known to us. Often we turn a deaf ear and are blinded by the realities of what is happening around us, but it is real…violence against women and children is real.
Rape, abuse and violent crimes are rife and very prevalent in everyday life in South Africa. 1 out of every 3 women in South Africa is raped, 45% of rapes reported are that of children, 50% of children will be raped before the age of 18 years, 85 % of these rape victims will know their perpetrators (rapecrisis.org.za).
The 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women and Children is dawning itself upon us. This campaign is run on a yearly basis during the period of 25 November to the 10 December, which includes that of International Day of No Violence Against Women (25 November) and World Aids Day (1 December). This campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women and children, in hope that this violence will stop.
The Greater Benoni Child Welfare supports this campaign and thus has undertaken the task to raise awareness within our community and beyond about it. As the management and staff we hope that by raising this awareness we can reduce the levels of violence against women and children, and additionally educate our fellow beings about the realities that our country and communities face. We aim to fight against this harshness of violence and abuse that occurs and bring about a community and eventually a country of no violence, abuse, rape and so on…
We as the Management and Staff of the Greater Benoni Child Welfare humbly request you to kindly partake in this campaign by purchasing a broach/magnet (R5.00 each), and supporting the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women and Children.
Remember to wear your broach during these 16 days. Additionally, a white ribbon can be worn as a symbol of peace during these days. Remember those victims who lost their lives due to abuse, violent crimes and rape. Remember together we can make a difference and bring about a change in our community and eventually in our country.