“One Too Many”
Sign the Pledge and let us end violence against women and girls.
Following the murder of 22 year old Karabo Mokoena, 3 year old Courtney Pieters was raped and murdered, a pregnant woman was gang raped and 4 young women were abducted, raped, murdered and their bodies burnt beyond recognition. These gruesome acts of violence paint a picture of a nation which preys on the woman and girl child.
It is in our silence as a nation, where we normalize these acts perpetrated on our women, when we need to break this culture of silence which helps breed men who abuse women.
It is deeply saddening that our justice system continues to fail our women because far too often the perpetrators of violence perpetrated on women are given light sentences or are acquitted or the case continues to be prolonged to such an extent that victims fail to see its end and wish it to end by dropping the charges, as for years they have to return to court to relive and reopen wounds which they wish to heal from or even forget, and as a result these offenders go out in society and repeat the very same or similar offense, this is an endless cycle where justice is not served.
No longer can we wait for the “16 Days of Activism Campaign” to voice our grievances or to have a call to action on such matters when violence perpetrated on women and the girl child is a daily occurrence, even as we speak a woman and girl child is being victimized. We call upon government, civil society and citizens alike to join us to help end violence against women and girls.
Our Pledge is as follows:
# I PLEDGE to stop the abduction, rape and killing of women and girls in our communities. Together we demand bold political leadership to prevent rape and brutal killing, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all including effective prosecution of those responsible.
#OneTooManySA #endviolenceagainstwomen #endviolenceagainstchildren