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News - Date: 23 September 2019
Written by: Mbulaheni Ridovhona / Viewed: 2012
"Our country is increasingly becoming an unsafe place for women," says Ms Mukonazwothe Netshitavhadulu, who recently started her campaign, Break the silence.
The 16-year-old Netshitavhadulu from Tshidzini said that the campaign aimed to fight against gender-based violence and help women to have confidence to break the silence. "I decided to start the campaign on 11 September this year, after witnessing that women in this country are losing their lives at an alarming rate due to gender-based violence. If we stand together as women, we can fight the scourge of gender-based violence," Netshitavhadulu said.
According to the Crime Against Women in South Africa report by Statistics SA, femicide in South Africa is five times higher than the global average and this means that women are five times more likely to be killed as a result of gender-based violence committed by men.
She said that the campaign also sought to educate young boys on how to treat women with respect. "The motive behind this is that if we teach them how to respect women from an early age, they will grow up with the knowledge and never try to hurt a woman. The campaign aims to offer defence classes for women, so that they could at least try to protect themselves everywhere they go. They should not go down without a fight. We want women to have confidence and help those who are being abused to find justice and help," she said.
For more information about this campaign, phone 066 584 5354.
Ms Mukonazwothe Netshitavhadulu. Photo supplied.
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.