Some women are saying that they do not see the reason why they should celebrate Women’s Day.
They say that the number of women and girls that are abused and killed on a daily basis makes it hard for them to celebrate.
Bathandwa Ngomane, one of the organisers of the #TheTotalShutdown: Intersectional Women’s March Against GBV (gender-based violence) in Mbombela says that women face challenges related to gender-based violence daily.
“We are been challenged averyday even after the shutdown march things have not changed yet.
Although we have hope that, after the summit by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Johannesburg on August 31, things will change,“ she said.
Ngomane says that what makes everything worse is that the enemy is people who say they love us.
“It is someone close and someone we know. With all that said we appreciate the role that women are playing to stop gender violence, “she added.
“We will continue to mourn for those that were killed, “said Ngomane.
To mark women’s month, women in and around South Africa held the #TheTotalShutdown: Intersectional Women’s March Against GBV (gender-based violence) and women were marching because they said the number of women that are abused or killed by their partners is increasing.
The month of August is now dedicated to women and is marked by several events to honour women.