Pupils “take a stand” and create awareness about gender-based violence.
PUPILS at St Boniface High School in Kimberley have launched a campaign in support of victims of gender-based and domestic violence.
The campaign started off with the sale of face masks and ribbons at the school on Friday.
Pupils then proceeded to form up along Corless Road, holding placards bearing awareness messages and messages of support.
The programme was initiated by the school’s prefects, who said they saw the need to take a stand and create awareness about gender-based violence (GBV).
Deputy head boy Gomolemo Itumeleng said that, as future leaders, they saw the need for more awareness to be created regarding GBV.
“We realised that it is the wrong impression created by our government that the country is only experiencing the second pandemic of GBV. GBV has been brewing for over a decade and very little has been done to address it,” said Itumeleng.
“We saw it fit that, since we are the future generation, we need to create a better future for ourselves by taking a stand against GBV.”
Itumeleng explained that purple and black ribbons, as well as black face masks, were sold to pupils and staff. “The colour purple demonstrates domestic violence and black demonstrates our cry along with the victims.”
Only grade 8, 11 and 12 pupils participated in the first stage of the campaign. Grade 9,10 and 12 pupils will form part of the second part of the campaign this coming Friday.
Itumeleng said that members of the public are welcome to purchase and place orders for the items they are selling, the proceeds of which will be donated to victims of GBV.