Vrygrond takes a stand against gender violence

Civic groups and community leaders joined a march in Vrygrond against abuse on Tuesday December 7.

Civic groups and community leaders pledged their support for the fight against gender violence, during a peaceful protest march, in Vrygrond, last week.

It was organised by a non-profit organisation, Where Rainbows Meet, as part of the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, which runs annually from November 25 to December 10.

Many still suffered in silence, but speaking out was one of the first steps to eradicating gender violence, said Mymoena Scholtz, the founder of Where Rainbows Meet.

“We called on various organisations like civic organisations, informal settlement leaderships and residents, Muizenberg police, Law Enforcement, various community leaders and the communities at large to stand together not just for 16 days but beyond,” she said.

“We had enough of gender-based violence and we will not tolerate it any longer. Together we are stronger.”

Those at the event signed a declaration to pledge their support for the cause and to speak up when they see violence when perpetrated against women and children.

Where Rainibows Meet founder Mymoena Scholtz signs the declaration poster, pledging support for the fight against abuse.
Terence Hermanus from the local football association, Ward 45 councillor Mandy Murr and Hillview Two informal settlement community worker Charmaine Pretorius.
Where Rainbows Meet men supported the day’s events.
Where Rainbows Meet teachers Samantha Morris, Beauty Magadlela, Olivia du Prez, Lenique Ludick and Rafiqah Trumpeter.