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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

SHARPEVILLE – Yesterday, 8 December 2021, Sharpeville SAPS and stakeholders came together for a fun walk dubbed, ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’. The walk was to bring awareness of Gender-Based Violence & Femicide (GBVF) as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign which began on the 25th of November and ends on the 10th of December 2021.

The theme for this year is, ‘The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke – 16 Days of Activism – moving from awareness to accountability.’

The walk commenced from the Sharpeville new police station at 9am and ended at Matebeleng Shops, Vuka Section where all participants were served lunch. The stakeholders included the Department of Community Safety, CPF, Emfuleni Social Crime Prevention, GBV Brigades, Youth Desk and members of the community.

Some of the male participants wore weaves, lipstick and high heels. Speaking to Constable Busisiwe Sango Sharpeville SAPS spokesperson, she said, “It’s not only based on women, it also includes men”

She added, “We wanted the men to feel the pressure that we women go through on a daily basis trying to please them and look beautiful for them. We wanted them to be in the weaves and heels so they can see how difficult it is to wear them the whole day.”

Constable Sango commented that the walk was a success and it was not only for the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, although it was larger than the other GBVF campaigns, GBVF campaigns are throughout the year. “It is imperative that victims of domestic violence seek help. They have to come to the police station or other safe spaces to get help as help cannot come to them in their home. All police stations in Gauteng have Victim Friendly Rooms. There are also Green Doors in the communities and Family SA (FAMSA). Help is there, please get help. Do not continue to stay in abusive relationships, one day, you may lose your life.”

ESSENTIAL CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Ikhaya lethemba: 011 240 3600
  • Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
  • Childline: 0800 055 555
  • SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10111/ SMS Crime Line: 32211
  • GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177
  • Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
  • National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777

Video & Photos: Connie V Multimedia©2021

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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