When 1 in 3 girls in developing countries is likely to be married as a child bride; when 140 million girls have suffered genital mutilation; when millions of women and girls are trafficked in modern day slavery and when women’s bodies are a battleground and rape is used as a tactic of war….my dear audience, IT’S TIME FOR ACTION!
Salutations of the day to you all ladies and gentlemen. My name is Samkeliso Ndlovu and I am proud to be with you today to join hands with the entire world in giving this bold message of our fellow women, and men of this country – that violence against women is UNACCEPTABLE.
Mother Africa! The mother we all have, love and cherish. Isn’t it ironic that our great continent is seen as a beautiful woman yet women are mistreated before our very own eyes? In our parent’s homes, fathers beat mothers. We do not understand but we learn. And so in our homes, husbands beat wives because we learnt to do so from our parents, from society and from an engraved ill-conceived teaching in our cultures. Women abuse is deep rooted indeed, and causes great Mother Africa to bleed herself.
Sexual violence, physical violence or psychological violence against women is wrong! And can never be justified by any means. If it were, it wouldn’t be a crime. But it is a crime! And one of the gravest. Oppression, fear and vulnerability are all they see, all they teach their children and the cycle is remorseless.
The economic opportunity lost as a result of gender based violence cannot be ignored. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 3 women will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. The Centre for Disease Control estimates that domestic violence costs $4.1 billion annually in direct medical services alone globally. This money can be used to implement other development projects such as providing street lighting to make public spaces safe for women as well as men rather than spending it on GDV related cases.
Should we add grease to this wheel and facilitate its continued motion? NO! We stand and we helm, leading a new age, new society where the wheel of gender based violence is broken and spins no more.
It all begins with us. Christabel Pankhurst once said: “We are here to claim our rights as women, not only to be free but to fight this militant movement, which, as we believe means the regeneration of all humanity.”
Here I stand, saying NO to physical violence against women. NO to sexual violence; And NO to the new forms of violence that may be invented against women!! With this ladies and gentlemen, I THANK YOU.
#sacitiesbecause, #hadituptohere, #taxpowerpaysfor