Namuhla! Namhla! Vandag! Today! Lamhla! Tsatsi leno! Lehono! Kajeno!
South Africa (23 February 2020) – SA Women Fight Back (SAWFB) is drawing the line and starting a new project to mobilise the entire nation!
SAWFB is a community of united women who network to bring about legislative change and support for all women and children in South Africa. Through non-violent, collaborative engagement, they lobby to combat gender-based violence and hold government and other authorities accountable for the safety, empowerment, equality and justice for all.
“The government of this country has to be held accountable for their failures.”
The initiative created by women in South Africa has just announced that on the 7th of March 2020 they will be launching Project Namuhla – a national emergency mobilisation.
“The day will start with marches, peaceful protests and events. Some of the events planned include women across the country approaching their police station commanders to collect information regarding the lack of the implementation and progress of the Ministerial 6 Point Plan, launched 3 years ago.”
The group are also planning “human chain” events in Kempton Park, East London and Bergvliet, Cape Town as the main protest takes place in Athlone.
The events will follow the delivery of the SAWFB #16Promises petition together with the petition by GBV-activist Laura-Lee Gillion demanding the stepping up of ACTION by government.
These petitions have already reached 530 000 signatures, to date.
“One of the calls is that violent criminals are sentenced to life with no parole. Had this been implemented, our nation would not be mourning the death of 8-year-old Tazne Van Wyk.
Enough with delays, enough with planning, enough with the talk.”
#SAWFB #16Promises #PROJECTNAMUHLA
September 2019 marked a dark month in South Africa. With the grief felt all over the country following the brutal onslaught on women and children’s bodies, a new movement was born. SA Women Fight Back (SAWFB) started as a Facebook Group where women poured their hearts out about the abuse, living with fear and the violence that became part of everyday life in South Africa.
SAWFB moved rapidly forward and is now a full-blown NGO who have since helped hundreds of victims of abuse to access legal assistance and counselling through networking with GBV stakeholders and volunteers who have selflessly stepped in with knowledge, guidance and support and Pro Bono professional time and advice.
With a 3 year plan of creating unity amongst community organisations, business SA, GBV activists and ordinary South Africans who are all painfully aware of the violent challenges women and children face, SA Women Fight Back Activists plans are determined in great numbers, to lobby government to fulfil their obligations and strengthen accountability mechanisms; to raise funds for victim support; to establish more safe houses; to seek appropriate resources for comprehensive services and the establishment of more One-stop centres to assist GBV survivors with holistic care including medical, psychosocial and legal assistance to bring justice to victims of these heinous crimes.
SAWFB will continue the combat for a safe South Africa, where everyone can live in freedom from fear.