August marks the beginning of Women’s Month and on Tuesday women from all over the country gathered to march against gender-based violence. Women in all nine provinces including Windhoek in Namibia came together in solidarity for the #TotalShutDown.
The dress code for the day was all-black with a touch of red. And to make an even bigger statement, women also made personalized signs that had messages like “my body, not your crime scene” and “we are tired of burying”, written on them.
Gender-based violence in South Africa is a huge problem and this is what sparked the march. According to statistics 1 in every 5 women in South Africa over 18 has been physically abused in a relationship.
Not only did women from all over the country take part but there were also a couple of big names who joined in on the march, like Singer Unathi Msengana, TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli and Rami Chuene.
See some of their pictures here:
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#TotalShutDown Thank you ABUSIVE MEN of South Africa for forcing us start OUR month with THIS campaign! ENOUGH is ENOUGH! PS If you’re not abusive and yet keep quiet when your friends abuse women in your presence or you just know of it, you’re also TRASH🙄 MAN UP🇿🇦
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No womb for gender-based violence! This is a fantastic image from the women’s march in South Africa, protesting against gender-based violence. Organised by WomenProtestSA (South Africa), women have taken to the streets to make a stand! 😍 • • • • • #totalshutdown #taboo #bleedinglove #grlpwr #period
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