Men must take a stand against sexual and domestic violence, and we must be better fathers, brothers and sons to the women in our lives and communities.
These are the words of Albert Fritz, provincial minister of social development. Fritz was addressing a group of men and women at the Warrior Woman Brunch fundraiser held at Century City last week Tuesday.
The first annual brunch was held to raise funds for abused women and children and is the brainchild of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Warrior Woman, led by Dr Fay Nqoloba. Sihle Ngobese, spokesperson for the minister, said the brunch brought together business people, mostly women, who have excelled in their fields, to network with up-and-coming entrepreneurs. A further aim was to raise funds for a shelter for abused women, youth and children.
“The department of social development supports this aim, and will lend technical assistance to Warrior Woman in line with our own Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), which has a budget of R31.7 million. Through our funding, 34 NGOs are able to provide counselling, therapy and victim support. We also fund 16 shelters that provide refuge for victims of abuse and crime,” Ngobese said. In his address Fritz indicated, however, that no amount of government spending can replace the role that responsible citizens must play in the lives of their children and their families.
If you know of a woman or child who is being abused, immediately call the South African police on 10 111 or contact a social worker on 0800 220 250.