Free State teams stand against the abuse of women and children

14 Jan,2017WoF service

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children initiative is supported by the South African government, businesses, civil society organisations, non-profit organisations, state-owned enterprises and faith-based organisations.

Organisations and individuals around the world participate in the awareness campaign. Many Working on Fire bases in the Free State joined with various stakeholders and were heavily involved in the activities surrounding the campaign.

The Brandfort Team took part in the 16 Days of Activism event held in the Ipeleng Hall in the Marantha location. The team was given the opportunity to teach the attendees about fire safety and at the end of the day the team was awarded a certificate of participation. The Vrede Team visited the Emmacial farm conducting awareness with the farm workers. The Zastron Base attended an event with the South African Police Service (SAPS), Hlokomelang Bana, Isibindi and social workers that focussed on the hope of reducing the number of reported and unreported abuse incidents.

Teams across the province created banners and marched in solidarity with the campaign.

“Although the campaign against the abuse of women and children is only for 16 days I would like to encourage everybody to continue to combat this social ill on a daily basis long after the campaign has ended,” says Selaelo Mathokwane, Free State Social Development Officer (SDO).