Walking with purpose

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pretoria - Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu is expected to join thousands of sisters and misters, at the 10th annual 1st for Women Sisters with Blisters protest walk, with Jacaranda FM.

The protest walk, which attracts over 5 000 participants each year, is part of the National Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM 2015) and marks the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children campaign.

The event, to be held on 21 November 2015 at Steyn City Lifestyle Resort in Dainfern, aims to get Gauteng to take a firm and unified stand against women and child abuse.

The theme for Sisters with Blisters 2015 is “Heel to Heal”.

The department said although there is no expectation for all participants to march in high heels, they expect to heal many lives as proceeds of Sisters with Blisters will go to Women and Men against Child Abuse and the department’s White Door Centres of Hope.

The White Door Centres of Hope serve as temporary shelters, which provide accommodation and other basic needs such as food, clothing as well as counselling and psychosocial support to abused women.  The centres further protect women from secondary abuse.

“It is also hoped that through Sisters with Blisters, we can inspire those affected by gender-based violence to seek help. The aim is to give women the confidence to change their lives for the better,” the department said.

Jacaranda FM General Manager Kevin Fine said that Sisters with Blisters is about creating awareness regarding a serious social issue.

“It gives men, women and children the courage to speak out, be heard and change their situation positively. As a station, we’re very proud of this initiative and we're encouraging people to tell their stories,” said Fine.

Registration for Sisters with Blisters 2015 opens on 17 October 2015. Tickets can be purchased via www.jacarandafm.com. – SAnews.gov.za

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