My Body is NOT Your Crime Scene!
On the 1st of August 2018, women and gender non-conforming people (GNC) from all over South Africa shut down the country and marched in protest against gender-based violence. Neighbouring countries in the Southern African region also took part.
We have nothing to celebrate on 9 August – Women’s Day in South Africa. Every week, we receive multiple reports of women, children, and gender non-conforming people who have been brutally murdered, kidnapped, or abused, and there is no sense of urgency from our leaders to find ways in which society can tackle this violence. Women including the LGBTQIA+, children, and GNC people keep dying at the hands of men in South Africa, and something needs to be done.
We called on all women and GNC people to stay away from work and join the protest on 1 August 2018 in their respective provinces, Universities, and colleges, and to not buy anything on the day.
Those receiving their grants on the day were encouraged to use ATM’s in the mornings and make their way to their respective march starting points.
Those who could not march were asked to step away from work for a moment of solidarity from 13:00 to 13:30 and longer if possible.
A memorandum of demands has been handed over to the Government, Parliament, the Supreme Court of Appeal and other provincial and regional structures, listing action steps and with stipulated deadlines to deal with gender-based violence – making the country safer for women, children and gender non-conforming people.
Employers were requested to release all women and gender-non conforming people from their work duties so that they could be part of #TheTotalShutdown.
Men were encouraged to support the movement by staying away from work and not buying anything on that day to shut down the economy.
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