The rate of the killing and physical abuse of women in South Africa
has made this country the shame of the world – the place where to be
born a woman is to be born into the prospect of living with molestation;
the stripping of your dignity; and the real possibility that your life
may end vio-lently at the hands of someone who has claimed to love you,
not as a free human being created in the image of a free God; but as a
possession of an inferior value to be owned, controlled and treated with
impunity – just as the man feels like. The South African Council of
Churches joins the government, civil society and the rest of South
Africa in the 100 Person March against gen-der-based violence. The
government call is for groups of 100 men; we endorse that, but would
certainly encourage groups of 100 women, or groups of men and women of
conscience to bring greater gravitas to this campaign.
We all know a woman who is either living a life of fear under
bullying; or whose dignity is and has been violated. We know that even
church people and some pastors are perpetrators of such reprehensible
acts. Such conduct is a shame and an abomination in society – akwenziwa
lokhu! In the various parts of the country, let us honour this day by
observing a moment of silence at noon tomorrow – July 10, when the march
arrives at the Union Buildings. Let us seek to exorcise our society of
this evil plague!
Down with violence, rape and the killing of women!
Down with the molestation, rape and the killing of children!
Down with all that diminishes the dignity of the human person – simply because she is female!
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