South Africa

Women’s Day 2020 – Empower our women to keep them safe

August sees South Africa commemorate the Women’s March, which took place on the 9th of August 1956 in Pretoria. The marchers’ aims were to protest against the introduction of the pass laws for black women in the country and to present a petition to the government of the day.

“We will be commemorating Women’s Month under abnormal circumstances, with much of the country still under lockdown. It is however still very important for all of us to look at the safety and security of our women and to ensure that they are safe from crime and violence,” says Charnel Hattingh, National Communications and Marketing Manager at Fidelity ADT.

“We can do this by following basic safety tips and making sure we share these tips with our loved ones.”

She explained that many opportunistic criminals will be on the look-out for what they perceive to be ‘soft targets’, especially now during the pandemic. “This means that being aware of your surroundings and potential threats is perhaps one of the most valuable lines of defence.

”Hattingh says the following tips can make a positive difference to keeping safe:

“Talk to your loved ones about these tips. By sharing it and by working with the brave men and women of our law enforcement and security partners, we can make a difference and make the world safer for our women,” Hattingh concludes.

The Department of Social Development has set up a helpline service for victims of gender-based violence. Contact them on 0800 428428 or visit their website for other contact options.

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