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Residents of Itireleng gathered at the Laudium Sports Stadium on Heritage Day, September 24 in solidarity for 'no violence against Women and Children'.
The Laudium Business Forum, Laudium CPF, Laudium Police, Councillor Essop and the ANC Women's League Ward 61 organised the function.
ANC Women's League Ward 61 Chairperson, Shenaz Wasim said, “The intention of the event was to raise awareness on women and children abuse. We invited a guest speaker who delivered talks at the function motivating women to be positive."
Speaker at the function, REC Member, Annikie Maholi said women and children must be protected from becoming victims of abuse.
Violence against women takes many forms - physical, sexual, economic, psychological - but all of these represent a violation of human dignity and human rights and have lasting consequences both for women themselves and for their communities.
Research shows that domestic violence against women remains widespread and under-reported, and that victims of violence are not effectively supported by public services. Insufficient specialised services for women and children who are victims of violence and the absence of professional services to victims is only a few of the reasons for non-reporting.
Chairman of the Laudium Business Forum, Shaeen Osman thanked the Business Forum for their generous contributions and presence at the function. "You made this possible. Well done."
The Department of Social Development has established the Gender-based Violence Command Centre with a toll free number 0800 428 428 and ‘a please call me’ number *120*7867#.
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