Uniting against GBV in Langa

The walk to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

Just Grace, a non profit company in Langa, joined forces with Langa SAPS, Qula Kwedini, Girls Make the City, and the Hurricanes Netball Club to kick off the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

The United Nations campaign takes place annually from November 25 (International Day of No Violence against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).

The organisations walked through the community, not only raising awareness but also showcasing the vital support services available.

Just Grace spokesman Kirran Edmond said beyond the crucial 16 Days of Activism, their commitment to combating gender-based violence (GBV) was a year-round endeavour.

“Working closely with Langa SAPS and the Department of Social Development, our social work team is on the front-line, dedicated to preventing and addressing GBV daily,” said Mr Edmond.

He said they acknowledge the grim reality of GBV but the first step towards understanding the magnitude of their mission was to engage the affected communities.

“We grapple with one of the highest rates of GBV globally, disproportionately affecting women and children. The consequences are profound, impacting physical and mental well-being, perpetuating cycles of abuse, and tearing at the social fabric of our communities,” he added.

Just Grace said it collaborates closely with the Department of Social Development and has conducted workshops reaching more 400 than people in the Langa community.