March against abuse

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Fe­male staff mem­bers of the Amath­ole and Buf­falo City ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment marched to the East Lon­don City Hall to raise aware­ness on is­sues fac­ing women.

The march was part of a build-up cam­paign against gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

Spe­cial pro­grammes direc­torate as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Nobuhle Kupa said the march fell in line with the late Al­bertina Sisulu’s centenary year.

“It is Women’s Month and we came to­gether to stand against any form of vi­o­lence against women,” she said.

The march was aimed at tak­ing a stand against the con­tin­ued vi­o­la­tion of women’s rights, the abuse of women, the killing of women by their hus­bands and part­ners, and the rape of women, grand­moth­ers and young girls.

To high­light the im­por­tance of the day, ses­sions were held to in­form the marchers about leg­is­la­tion pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing women’s rights, as well as a di­a­logue meant to cre­ate a plat­form for ex­change of ideas on mat­ters af­fect­ing women in the sec­tor.

At the end of the march, the women handed over a pe­ti­tion of de­mands at the City Hall.

Among their de­mands were: speedy fi­nal­i­sa­tion of po­lice and court cases in­volv­ing women, the el­derly and chil­dren; no bail for abusers or killers; as well as en­force­ment of liquor reg­u­la­tions and mu­nic­i­pal by­laws reg­u­lat­ing the sale of liquor to un­der­age chil­dren.

The pe­ti­tion was signed by all the women who par­tic­i­pated in the march and was re­ceived by Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity coun­cil’s chief whip, Mzwandile Vaai­boom.

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