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Silent march to protest against GBV

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The march was part of a “healing on heels” project that aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence in the community.

The Shaine Griqua Advice and Development Centre in partnership with the National Development Agency (NDA) held a silent march on Sunday in protest against gender-based violence. Picture: Supplied

THE SHAINE Griqua Advice and Development Centre in partnership with the National Development Agency (NDA) held a silent march on Sunday in protest against gender-based violence.

The march was part of a “healing on heels” project that aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence in the community.

Shaine Griqua stated that about 45 youths and children participated in the march which was intended to address all forms of gender-based violence, homophobia, discrimination and all other forms of abuse in families, relationships, communities and workplaces.

Griqua said the march took place from Margaret Street to Barkly Road and all participants wore face masks and maintained social distancing by walking one metre apart from each other.

“Gender-based violence is increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic and many young people are left stranded, due to family instability and poverty.

“According to many community members in Floors and Colville, substance abuse never subsided during the national lockdown and many women were the targets of domestic violence. In many instances these incidents were never reported. Date rape and sexual harassment is another unreported illness in many relationships.”

During the march, participants handed out 500 leaflets with information about gender-based violence. The next silent protest will be held on Wednesday in Roodepan.”