Cape Town – New calls against gender-based violence (GBV) echoed at the gates of Parliament this weekend.
About 100 people took part in a demonstration against gender-based violence on Saturday.
Protest organizer and anti-gender-based violence activist from Rondebosch Sascha Wharton-Hood said the protest was a precursor to the submission of the anti-gender-based violence memorandum on Wednesday, with the aim of mobilizing and collectively calling for the action. taken.
“The movement appears to be dying, with more and more people becoming apathetic and passive whenever another woman, child or LGBTQIA + person is sexually assaulted, raped or murdered.
“The community as a whole seemed to be growing indifferent about the state of femicide in South Africa, therefore the protest aimed to rekindle the energy and motivation surrounding the movement against gender-based violence,” said Wharton-Hood. .
I Hear You SA, 65 Years Movement, anti-GBV Stellenbosch University and Future Females Foundation were present. Some addressed the crowd carrying signs about the work of educating and engaging the public.
The memorandum that will be handed out will address concerns about law enforcement and policing, education and public institutions, transparency of government policies, domestic violence and Covid-19.
“Right now, the main goal is to tackle the impact of Covid-19 on domestic violence and gender-based violence (GBV), focusing on how social distancing and the policies of Strict lockdowns allowed abusers to continue violence at the household level, as well as suggestions on how to alleviate and protect victims on a personal scale. “
Protester Ayesha Abou-Zeid, 22, from Tygerberg, said: “I participated because I’m tired of the gender-based violence in our country. I’m tired of being afraid and tired of South Africa being the rape capital of the world.
“I was hoping to educate other civilians and hopefully inspire some people to start taking action. We also wanted to get signatures from civilians to approve our memorandum against GBV, which will be handed over to the government on Women’s Day.