#ActTogether

LET'S STAND TOGETHER AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

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South Africa has one of the world's highest gender-based violence rates in the world. It is estimated that 1 in 5 women have experienced violence at the hands of a man. Gender-based violence can impact anyone, anywhere and at any time and during the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve seen a dramatic increase in it.

We’ve collaborated with 18twenty8, a local women-led non-profit organisation on the #NotNext project. This project will empower the youth of South Africa to combat gender-based violence. We will donate R10 to the #NOTNEXT project for every hand care product purchase (e.g. soap, hand wash, hand cream and hand lotion). We will continue to take a stand and add our voice in the fight against gender-based violence.

The 18twenty8 Boys And Men (abbreviated BAM) Forum aims to equip boys and men through mentorship, support and healing so that boys and men are better equipped to champion girls and women's safety.

Specialised training for young women on how to anticipate and address the risk of GBV, including physical self-defense training and workshops on avoiding risky spaces and situations. Training and support from anti-GBV activists/NGOs on how to get involved in the movement to stop GBV in South Africa and spread awareness.

One-on-one professional counselling and peer support groups established for learners who have either experienced or witnessed GBV.

ADVICE FOR PEOPLE AT RISK OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • If you’re in an abusive relationship, know it’s not your fault – not now or ever.
  • Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and love.
  • If you are experiencing domestic violence, you may be isolated, but you do not have to go through it alone. Trusted friends and family can help, even from a distance. Make sure you have a key contact that knows your situation and checks up on you regularly.
  • Create a code word, phrase or visual signal that can be given to trusted friends to make them aware if you are in danger and need help.

Gender-based violence can mean physical harm and bruises, but it's also verbal and emotional abuse designed to bully, intimidate and degrade. Often it can start with verbal abuse and then escalate to become more violent. Being informed about GBV and available services is key to keeping safe.

Developing a leaving plan may seem hard, but it's possible. Help is available!

Being a victim of gender-based violence can make you feel isolated and alone.

  • Know that this isn't your fault
  • Keep in contact with a close friend and family regularly
  • Create code words or signs to let family or friends know if you're in danger

If you feel someone is at risk of domestic violence, follow your instinct and offer help:

  • If you see or hear an abusive situation, try to figure out how to intervene safely. If the situation seems dangerous, don’t handle it yourself, get help from emergency services immediately
  • If a friend confides in you, create a code word or sign so you know when help is needed
  • Help them develop a plan that includes where to go, items to take and emergency numbers to contact should they feel they are not safe
  • Abuse isn't always physical, verbal and emotional abuse is still abuse