Unique retailer and empowerment movement Woman’s Warehouse will be marching to the JSE this morning to hand over a memorandum highlighting an action plan to empower corporates to help their staff who fall victim to GBV.
- South Africa has earned the unenviable title of ‘destination of femicide’ with unprecedented violence against women and children.
- The march also looks to educate corporates on sustainable sanitary wear options, to give female employees their dignity back.
- The march will last from 11am to 1pm with 500 people expected to take to the streets.
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Those regularly on Sandton roads will have noticed a series of GBV and Period Poverty activations by Woman’s Warehouse, at 4 major intersections across the Sandton CBD over the past week, marking the 30th anniversary of ‘16 Days of Activism’, which draws attention to the extraordinary violence women and children face in South Africa on a day to day basis.
Italian NGO, Cesvi, which works across the world to protect the rights and dignity of vulnerable people places violence against women in South Africa amongst “the highest number of cases in the world”. According to their website, “40% of men have beaten their partners and one in four has committed sexual crimes” in South Africa.
Woman’s Warehouse is looking to break the silence with a challenge to all corporates in the Sandton CBD – to start making internal changes to their existing policies and procedures by adding protocols to safeguard future victims of GBV and Period Poverty.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and South African Police Service (SAPS) Public Order Policing will be onsite to monitor and escort the march together with a team from Sandton Central.
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