My aspiration is to be one of the builders of a world of equality, a world where diversity is respected and value for people's lives is paramount. A world where religion and culture are not used as weapons of dispute and destruction, where leaders serve and not steal, where everyone does not pretend to love each other but does so straight from the heart.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
SOLIDARITY WTH WOMEN WHO SPEAK OUT!
Today is the best of all in AWID International Forum Cape Town where more than 2,000 women from all over the world converge for POWER OF MOVEMENT CONFERENCE. I witnessed the most powerful protest in history today. The most important part of this protest ( 1 in nine campaign) was the fact that I was there. I was there to join women from all across the oceans, from all around the world to say NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, to support our brother and sisters in SOUTH AFRICA to advocate for justice in different pending women's human rights issues, to remind the world TO STOP WAR ON OUR BODIES. We marched from CITCC were AWID Forum that brought together over 2,000 women from across the continents were having thier programs to deliver a memorandum to the premier of the Western Cape, Lynn Brown.
The protest is in solidarity with women who speak out against gender based violence, it was born in 2006 during the Jacob Zuma trial. The protest was a powerful one and it made me believe more in the power of Movement. As women, we need to know that one woman problem some place is a collective problem of women everywhere.
There was a banner carried by men with an overwhelming message that goes thus " ONE MAN CAN: stop rape, violence against women..." and another banner says"DEFY PARTRIACHY"! ( I will try and upload the pictures later, when I lay my hands on the pictures) Together we will change the world, together we will achieve gender equality! THE MOST POWERFUL MARCH IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN STRUGGLE
Thanks Rucha Tadwalkar and Rosly for sharing the pictures and videos with me.
The detail of the cuase as it is, is added below: The One in Nine Campaign invites you to join feminists and women's rights
activists attending the AWID forum and those based in Cape Town in a march
to protest violence against women and women human rights defenders. The
march is non-partisan, issue specific and premised on feminist principles,
particularly women's leadership.
PURPOSE OF THE MARCH: Worldwide, women human rights defenders are targeted
and silenced while criminal (in)justice systems and governments globally
fail to provide redress and justice.
We will march in memory of raped and murdered women in South Africa,
highlighting specifically the cases of Khwezi, Buyisiwe, Thandeka, Eudy,