Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty in­clu­des Pro­ject Ho­pe in 16 Days of Acti­vism

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Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ce­le­bra­ted 16 Days of Acti­vism for No Vi­o­len­ce A­gainst Wo­men and Child­ren from No­vem­ber until 10 De­cem­ber. Wi­de­ning the sco­pe, the aim was to ad­dress the chal­len­ges not on­ly wo­men and child­ren fa­ce e­very day, but all tho­se af­fected by dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on. Cl­lr Se­an Sny­man, the port­fo­lio coun­cil­lor for com­mu­ni­ty de­ve­lop­ment, said, "16 Days of Acti­vism ... is an op­por­tu­ni­ty for all tho­se af­fected by dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on to ha­ve a voi­ce and ask the wor­ld for an op­por­tu­ni­ty to re­claim their dig­ni­ty. Po­ver­ty is an e­qua­li­ser in that it sees no co­lour, lan­gua­ge or cul­tu­re and is a harsh re­a­li­ty that could af­fect any of us at any ti­me."

He said pe­op­le li­ving on the s­treet are no dif­fe­rent. Their ci­r­cum­stan­ces are not al­ways un­der­stood and alt­hough e­very y­e­ar we ha­ve our 16 days, the­se pe­op­le need our as­sis­tan­ce throug­hout the y­e­ar.

"Pro­ject Ho­pe fo­cu­ses on ma­king a dif­fe­ren­ce in the­se li­ves through con­stant in­ter­ven­ti­ons in the ho­pe that e­very day we can ta­ke the­se li­ves and reu­ni­te them with fa­mi­ly, with the go­al to of­fer back their i­den­ti­ty and the go­al to of­fer the pos­si­bi­li­ty of a bet­ter li­fe. We as so­cie­ty need to ta­ke cog­ni­san­ce of the­se pe­op­le - not by gi­ving han­dou­ts, but rat­her sup­por­ting the pro­gram­mes de­sig­ned to im­pro­ve the ci­r­cum­stan­ces of the­se in­di­vi­du­als. 'Gi­ve a man food and you cre­a­te a sla­ve; te­ach him to e­arn his keep and you gi­ve him back his hu­ma­ni­ty!'"

Estel­le F­re­de­ricks, coor­di­na­tor of Pro­ject Ho­pe, said a­bu­se can be clas­si­fied in dif­fe­rent clus­ters such as sexu­al, fi­nan­ci­al, e­mo­ti­o­nal, phy­si­cal a­bu­se and bul­lying.

She said, "We ha­ve to re­mem­ber that pe­op­le's rig­hts must be pro­tected e­ach day, es­pe­ci­al­ly the most vul­ne­ra­ble. That me­ans our child­ren, the ill, di­sa­bled and el­der­ly. Pro­ject Ho­pe is fo­cu­sing on the plig­ht of ho­me­less pe­op­le.

“That me­ans pe­op­le li­ving on the s­treet. We must al­so re­mem­ber: with e­ach rig­ht co­mes a re­spon­si­bi­li­ty. The first les­son that we must li­ve out is that we ha­ve rig­hts but must help pro­tect e­ach ot­her's rig­hts. The mo­ral of the sto­ry is, tre­at ot­hers li­ke you want to be tre­a­ted."

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