Journalist Brümilda Swartbooi | Thursday, 02 August 2018, 07:12
GEORGE NEWS – More than 90 women from George, Knysnsa and Plettenberg Bay participated in the nationwide Total Shutdown march against gender-based violence yesterday, 1 August.
Marchers, dressed in black and red, departed from the corner of Market and Cradock streets at 10:00.
“The only way we can change the narrative that has been keeping us down for so long is if we stand together,” said the organiser, Camille Haupt.
Haupt shared shocking statistics about violence against women in South Africa. One woman is murdered every four hours and a rape case is reported every 13 minutes.
A memorandum with 24 demands was handed over to George community and social development councillor, Sean Snyman. He was standing in for George mayor Melvin Naik, who could not be there.
Marchers are demanding that more initiatives that spread awareness against gender-based violence should be implemented in George.
They are also demanding self-defence classes for women and projects to keep a girl child in school. Snyman said his portfolio will work towards achieving possible solutions for the demands brought to the table.