Wednesday (Aug 9th) was Women’s Day in South Africa. On Wednesday, every 26 seconds a woman or a girl was raped in South Africa
August is designated Women’s Month in South Africa in tribute to the thousands of women who marched on August 9th in 1956, against at having their freedom of movement restricted. Women throughout South Africa had put their names to petitions, indicating their anger and frustration at the hated pass laws.
In August 2017, however, Women still do NOT enjoy freedom of movement. Some say it is worse, for South Africa today is a country where 1 in 3 women or girls have been or will be raped in their lifetime and where the UN calculate a woman is raped every 26 seconds.
So, in today’s Digital World, follow the lead of those we pay tribute to and add your name to the petition / campaign to STOP RAPE NOW in South Africa, Like and Share this post and / or go to Facebook Like and do the same, on the Joe Slovo Facebook page – you can even become a friend of Joe himself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/283463022892/permalink/10155023888942893/ better still add a photo/ selfie of your-self with your arms symbolically crossed like the South African actress Charlize Theron and post it on the Joe Slovo Foundation Facebook page. You can also go the Joe Slovo Foundation website http://www.joeslovofoundation.org/stop-rape-now/4585366528 and support the campaign there.
August 1956 was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Whatever you do- do something in tribute to those women who stood for a non-racial and non-sexist world and do it for the wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and daughters in your life – or even for the men and the boys in your life – for in South Africa it’s not just women and girls who get raped every minute