[LISTEN] Men told to stay away from the #TotalShutDown

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

READ: Call for women to join the #TotalShutdown march against gender based violence

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

Men, stay away from the march. We don't want you in the ground. This is our safe space.

Loyiso Saliso, #TotalShutdown organiser

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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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 Call for women to join the #TotalShutdown march against gender based violence

Call for women to join the #TotalShutdown march against gender based violence

Women across the country are urged to stay away from work, wear black with a touch of red and join the march against GBV.

#TotalShutdown: South Africans gear up for nationwide women led march

#TotalShutdown: South Africans gear up for nationwide women led march

Women and gender non-conforming persons are expected to march across the country in protest against gender based violence.