Seventh Day Adventist Church with Fire Revival Community Church members Marched on Saturday, 31 August 2019 with a purpose to stop violence against women and children and handed over the memorandum to Mamelodi East police station.
“The March is an END IT NOW Campaign that seeks to raise awareness and advocate for the end of Violence against women and children. It aims to mobilize Men, Women and children in the community with local organizations and law enforcement to join hands to resolve this worldwide issue”, said the campaign Manager, Beulah Mkhize
She added that what we wanted to achieve was to show the community that they are taking a stand against Abuse and Violence, at the same time creating an awareness to those who may be victims or perpetrators of violence and Abuse that there is a help available to those who are in need.
The march started at 10am in Mamelodi East Extension 5 and then marched to the community hall, Police station to handover a Memorandum then back to the Fire Revival Church. The group have marched on the streets to interact with people, address them bout various challenges that they are currently experiencing because they feel that the community is in need of such Campaigns, not just for creating awareness but to also provide counselling, support and rehabilitation.
During the march, the “Book of Hope” that we distributed to the community members. The book is about Mental Health Issues. Beulah in her statement mentioned that they have realized that Abuse and Violence can cause mental health issues on victims and perpetrators, which needed to be addressed and the book serves as giving people hope, even in those circumstances there is hope in God the Great Physician.
This initiative is planned to extends to more than 200 countries and territories and it was launched in October 2009 in partnership between Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)- a prominent humanitarian organization and the Department of Women Ministries of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
“The increase of women and child abuse has called for a large change especially in our communities, we felt that the silence needs to be broken. You read the news paper, you go onto social media, you watch the news a child is adbucted, a woman is kidnapped, a girl is raped, assaulted and killed. The Likes of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Janika Mallo the list is long”, said the Beaulah Mkhize.
“I am very passionate about Women and girls and issues we go through, Campaigns like these make me feel like I have a purpose in life, to touch someone and give them hope that they are not alone and that there is help available for them. It also gives us an opportunity to respond to the needs of our fellow sisters and brothers by standing up in favor of human rights, tolerance, the wellbeing of children, freedom of expression and conscience and the protection and integrity of families. We ran a Health Expo before where the community received free consultation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Dental Issues, lifestyle disease”, said Beulah Mkhize.
The campaign see to increase personal awareness, responsibility and involvement effectively help end violence in every family and community. It might not happen over night. The church is also do youth programms, family ministries and social services.
At the End of the March we gathered together and had speakers addressing us on the types of Abuse like Financial, Emotional, physical, Verbal abuse. We also spoke on how its important to bring up the boy child in a way that makes him value women and girls. We had Men that took a stand that they pledge to support the “END IT NOW” campaign.
By: Fortunate Machaba