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Youth calls for end to gender-based violence
​EThekwini youth observed Youth Day with a peaceful
demonstration to end gender-based  violence.
IN LIGHT of the recent scourge of gender - based violence, youth from the North of eThekwini marked Youth Day by staging a peaceful demonstration.

The silent protest comes after several women were subjected to heinous and violent acts throughout the country. The demonstration followed all Covid-19 safety regulations including hand sanitising, wearing of masks and ensuring social distance. The group began the demonstration at the robots situated at the main entrance of Verulam. Thereafter, the demonstrators moved to one of the area’s busiest intersections, Todd Street.

Event organiser and social justice activist Nelvia Rawheath said: “The violence needs to stop. The abuse needs to stop. We are targeting all sectors of society to stand with us to end the scourge of gender-based violence. Our voices must be heard.” Sasha Maharaj, Secretary of Young Adults Helping Improve People said the initiative forms an integral part of youth development. “We are spreading the message that we are against any form of violence and abuse.

The youth of the country have an important role to play as we are the leaders of tomorrow.” The protest was met with positive reactions from motorists, many showing their support by hooting, waving and enquiring about the messages being shown. Tristan Moodley, former Mr KwaZulu-Natal was also part of the demonstration.

He said it is important that men also get involved. “Men are supposed to protect their partners, not hurt them. I am sickened at the violence and I urge other men to follow suit.”

romita.hanuman@durban.gov.za 
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