Photo by Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

By :Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

Vhembe Civil Society Network (VCSN) together with Thohoyandou Victim empowerment (TVEP) hosted women day celebration on Saturday 12 August 2017 at Vhembe District Municipality council chamber. The aim of the event was to support and encourage women in all aspects.

“Vhembe Civil Society Network was formed due to high rate of unacceptable behaviour against women and children in the district,” said the chairperson of the foundation, Norman Mudau.

“The act of women and children abuse has become the main problem in the district and within this year we have lost number of our mothers and sisters who were killed by their partners” added Mudau.

He advised young girls who were part of the event, mentioning that those who are staying with their single mothers in disadvantaged backgrounds the situation shouldn’t be the reason for them to give up on their dreams.

“Your family background shouldn’t give you the permission to go and sleep around with blessers. When an Elderly person is involved in a sexual relationship with a young girl it is mental and sexual abuse and such behaviour should come to an end,” he said.

He further encouraged women and children to act up and the break silence in order to reduce the unacceptable behaviour of women and children abuse. “There are number of women who are involved in
abusive relationships with aggressive partners but they don’t speak out, our organisation is here to help them overcome such situations,” concludes Mudau.

During the event some of the women and children shared their heart breaking stories of the experience that they have encountered in their families.

Grade 10 learner from Nthetsheleseni Secondary School Talifhani Tshabuse expressed her gratitude that the event was an eye opener and much informative. She added that women and children are the main victims of abuse and it is up to them to say enough is enough, they must speak out and stop the barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators.

Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane