300 people protest against violence against women

George Municipality officials and members of the public embarked on a demonstration today, 11 September in front of the George Municipality Civil Engineering building on the corner of York and Market Streets to put their voices and concern with million others across South Africa about violence against women and children.

About 300 George Municipality officials and other members of the public, mostly dressed in black, took part in a demonstration during lunchbreak with placards voicing their disgust against violence. The mostly female demonstrators and male demonstrators stood along York Street in front of the Civil Engineering building to protest. The protest got the attention of motorists who honked in acknowledgement of the protestors. The protestors signed a pledge afterwards in solidarity against violence.

Executive Deputy Mayor of George, Cllr Charlotte Clarke, addressed the crowd and applauded the protestors. She said “standing up for yourself is standing up for women everywhere. At this moment we are a nation in a crisis and at war with ourselves, with all the violence that we hear about in our neighbourhoods and on social media, it affects all of us. Ladies and gentlemen, if only we can bring a change… and change begins with ourselves.”

Clarke said we are all leaders where we are, if you are a single parent, a working mother, home manager, a teacher, a church leader of whatever position you hold we can make a difference. “Know that we, especially as friends and mothers, are the co-drivers/leaders in our households. In addition to God and our husbands, we are responsible for leading our children and together as once voice we can make a difference,” she said.

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