Women learn how to make silent cry for help

New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch members demonstrate the internationally accpeted hand signal women can use to silently show that they need help. From left, are Garnet van Zyl, Renash Blaauw, Ardiel Seaborne, Nadima Laattoe, Kaylin Blaauw, Shafiek Laattoe and Mariam Davids.

Women heard about the warning signs of an abusive relationship and how to escape one, during a programme run by the New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch on Women’s Day Monday August 9.

They learnt about the internationally accepted hand signal they can use to silently show they need help.

The signal is made by putting your palm up, tucking your thumb in and closing your fingers.

Watch spokesperson Saadiqah Ganief urged women to seek help if they faced physical violence or mental and emotional distress in a relationship.

The watch handed out pamphlets and provided meals and sanitary products to the women, as well as donations of nappies, kitchenware, jerseys and beanies from the Lions Club.

The first part of the warning signal shows the palm and four raised fingers with the thumb tucked in.
The second part of the warning signal shows four fingers trapping the tucked-in thumb.
Nadima Laattoe handing out pamphlets and explaining the hand signal for help.