Women around the country are embarking on a national shutdown against gender-based violence.
Loyiso Saliso the organiser of the #TotalShutdown march says this is an important day because women will be breaking their silence and speaking in one voice.
It's the first time in South Africa where women will be shutting down the country because of gender-based violence and femicide.— Loyiso Saliso, #TotalShutdown organiser
Even if you have never been a victim of gender-based violence, never is a long time. Right now in the country, we are living in a time that no matter how high your walls are or how little your shack is, none of us is immune to gender-based violence or femicide. We are not safe in even in our own homes, at work or even in the streets where people are around us.— Loyiso Saliso, #TotalShutdown organiser
As we commence #WomensMonth, Let’s support the call for action against gender based violence. Violence is a major thief of women’s freedom and ability to live a decent life #TotalShutDown #TheTotalShutDown https://t.co/bnDEmadnyp— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) August 1, 2018
Men, stay away from the march. We don't want you in the ground. This is our safe space.— Loyiso Saliso, #TotalShutdown organiser
The daughter of former Mozambican president Samora Machel and Graca is a survivor of gender-based violence and says using the word survivor instead of victim gives power and courage to the women.
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