MIDRAND – Midrand women, men and children took to the streets to put up a fight against gender-based violence, as part of their ongoing movement taking place every fortnight on Saturdays.
A collective of women from Midrand have taken a stand against gender-based violence in their community.
The group, Midrand Mbokodo Women, spent the day outside a Midrand shopping centre with placards purveying anti-gender-based violence messages as part of their regular protests held every two weeks.
The group has been operating since 2016 and was founded by a group of women in Midrand to raise awareness of social ills.
Convener of the group, Mathapelo Masemola said they aimed to reach out to the public regarding gender-based violence which had continued to escalate. “These efforts are a means to deliver messages of our discomfort and outrage to the public, particularly those who live in Midrand.”
Masemola added that members of the community have responded very well to the movement and what it stood for. “A lot [of people] were excited about the campaign to a point of hooting and commending us for such a great initiative. All residents are encouraged to participate, women, children and men.”
She said they have also collected sanitary towels, organised marches and have a netball team which is intended to keep children active.
Hope Mokgatle said she joined the movement because she believed it was a perfect platform to express outrage, and demand protection from and action against perpetrators of gender-based violence.
Mokgatle said, “The marches against gender-based violence taking place every second Saturday in Midrand are an extension of the bigger movement. As women of Midrand, we’re extremely concerned about the abuse and general violence against women and children in our own community.
“We decided to stand up and speak and even volunteer to work with the local police and Community Policing Forum.”
Masemola added that next picket would be on 7 November close to Midway Mews. Another event would be hosted on 21 November near the Vorna Valley shopping centre and on 5 December near the Mall of Africa. “All the pickets are a build up for the 12 December march which will take place from the corner of Harry Galaun Drive and New Road to the Midrand Police Station.”
Details: Call Mathapelo Masemola on 083 857 8989 or follow Midrand Mbokodo Women on social media.