The world has just observed 16 Days of Activism – a campaign that encourages us all to work together to curb the scourge of violence against women and children. The formal campaign may have come and gone, but the fight continues, especially in South Africa, where 1 in 4 women are survivors of abuse according to 1st for Women*. Those are some staggering odds. So when it comes to talking about femme empowerment resources, we’re here for it in every way. Here’s what you can do to own your power.
Learn the Move
Here’s something to think about: If you knew 1 Move that could save your life, would you want to learn it? And if you knew of 1 Movement that could save thousands more, would you join it?
90% of respondents said, ‘Of course!’
We’re talking about a self-defence technique – a punch to the throat that is simple and easy to learn. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters used it to fend off hijackers. What’s great is that no matter your size or strength level, a punch to the throat is an effective way of immobilising an attacker. 1st for Women is making it their mission to show women how the move is done. Learn it here.
The 1 Movement you can join to make a difference is called ForWomen, and it’s changing the game. Let’s say ‘no’ to victimisation and ‘yes’ to fighting back, one step at a time, one woman at a time.
The ForWomen platform is a collective resource launched by 1st for Women, that brings together public, private and NPO organisations that work in the women support and empowerment industry. It’s a resource for South African women who need help or want to give help. Through education and positive action, the movement aims to defy the odds and turn the sense of hopelessness so many women feel, into a sense of united empowerment.
On the platform, you can access content and advice on women abuse related issues as well as helpful numbers and links to connected organisations. The ForWomen programme is structured in a way that breaks everything down into three pillars: prevention, preparation, and provision.
Since its launch, ForWomen has developed a growing national network of organisations, one of them being Woman Inpowered (WIP). Together with WIP, 1st for Women is showing women how to perform the self-defence technique that could save lives and bringing them a content-rich resource that’s all about finding a way to become a constructive part of the change.
Don’t be a Bystander
The bystander effect (or bystander apathy) is a phenomenon where people recognise that someone is possibly a victim of abuse but do nothing to stop it. Don’t be a bystander – if you see a woman being abused in any way (physically, emotionally, financially or sexually), say something.
Don’t be a Troll
Women bringing other women down on social media needs to stop ‘cos it’s not cool. Don’t be one of those – you know who we’re talking about – the kind of woman who openly criticises and slut shames on social media. Woman on woman abuse is a thing – don’t become a perpetrator.
Support an NGO
If women don’t support each other, who will? You may feel small and insignificant in your personal capacity. You may ask what you can do when the problem seems so huge. The answer is, support an NGO by donating your money, your time, and your skills towards changing the status quo and making a difference in the lives of South African women. For a list of femme-power NGOs, click here.
Know Where to Get Help
If you are the victim of abuse or know someone who is being abused, you can contact the following numbers:
- National gender-based Violence Hotline: 0800 428 428
- Tears Foundation: * 134 * 7355#
- ForWomen referral service: 010 590 5920
There are also a number of resources on how to get help and take action against abuse here.
A portion of all 1st for Women premiums are donated to organisations that are fighting women abuse. Join 1st for Women today and together we can help end woman abuse, fill in the form below and an agent will get in touch with you for an insurance quote specifically designed for women:
This post was sponsored by 1st for Women.
*Stats provided by the South African Department of Justice.
Ts & Cs apply. FSP 15261.
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