STANDING IN SOLIDARITY FOR THE REVOLUTION OF EQUALITY
05 September 2019
With sadness, women’s month has ended with a devastating heightened onslaught of violence against womxn in our country. As its people, we can no longer feint a reaction of shock to the horror that is the lived reality of women.
Like so many of you, the staff at the Centre have been triggered by the devastating loss of life and brutalisation of womxn’s bodies at the hands of men. We firmly believe that we live in a time when our constitutional rights must have meaning and where women should live lives free from all forms of violence, both in their private as well as public lives.
We live in a time when we can no longer accept mere condemnation of the torture and horror that womxn’s lives have become in our country. As the state works towards the development of a national strategic plan on violence against women, we demand that the plan be resourced and implemented. We cannot rely on reactionary solutions to what is a systemic challenge in our country and which requires multi-faceted approaches, political will and financial commitment.
Patriarchy is deeply embedded in our society and as womxn, we face the barriers and horrors that it places in our paths and the forms that it takes on a daily basis. We remind all women of our resilience in the face of discrimination and violence.
We remember that we stand in solidarity with those womxn who have come before us, and together our revolution for substantive equality continues. We draw inspiration and strength from the brave women who demanded action in 1956 and who in 2018 during the Total Shutdown called for action. As womxn we have never been silent and we will continue to demand that our voices are heard.
“Wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo
Women’s Legal Centre
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