Posts Tagged ‘violence’

NATIONAL LAUNCH PROGRAMME

THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN CAMPAIGN

Picture by Azola Maliti

DATE : 25 NOVEMBER 2010 at OR TAMBO HALL, KHAYELITSHA IN W.CAPE

This has been a great successful event, the whole community stood up as a one society saying no to drugs and substance abuse, also on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, especial among youth.

They were saying no to Rape and brutal killings of women, defenceless grannies, people with disabilities and young children and also human trafficking. They also fight against not coping with the burden of HIV /Aids leading to suicide and killing of partners and violet crime.

It was great to see political parties united as one supporting their communities even though Mr Jacob Zuma and Helen Zille were not present. ANC, DA, NAPWA, HOME AFFAIRS, CHILD LINE and other NGO’s stood together and shouted with one voice; “DON’T LOOK AWAY, ACT AGAINST ABUSE”

There was also HIV/Aids test clinics, while Home Affairs were helping people with Identities and some got free t-shirts with flyers detailing contact details of programs and associations that could help.

This is how we should work as a province to protect our sisters, brothers and our parents, families together with our communities, so we started it here and you???

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Being a lesbian and having to tell a story of another lesbian on how she is treated in the community; almost being raped and beaten up for what she is, is painful for me. The worst to hear is not being accepted by your own family; the people you shared a womb and breast with, the mother who gave birth to you; spent months carrying you. How is the community going to accept you if your family will not?

I have not experienced these hardships living in the townships; maybe it’s because I have not come out yet. I am a lesbian and I am proud but after what I heard from on the streets during Vox pops (random interviews) I don’t think I will ever come out. The way the people were talking, it was scary hearing them saying, ‘lesbians are not supposed to live, they deserve to be killed because homosexuality is a sin. God never created a woman to fall in love with another woman and it’s against black culture. We are embarrassing and humiliating the black community and our families.’

I do not believe this is true. We can’t help the way we feel. If it was not created by God then why do we even have these feelings, not just feelings but strong feelings? How many lesbians have to suffer and die before we are accepted in our community and by our families?

How long is our government going to continue just talking and still remain quiet? They write a constitution that ensures everyone has a right to equality but people are violating our rights. The government does nothing as if to say we deserve what the people are doing to us.

I think as long as the government is not teaching people to practise what they preach in the constitution we still have a long way to go and to suffer. As long as there is no political member saying this is wrong, that homosexuals deserve to be treated fairly like everybody else, violent hate crimes will continue. There is nothing more hurtful than being violated for who and what you are.

I really wish people would wake up and realise that this is happening and it’s not going to end without leadership, dialogue and tolerance. Until then what does not kill me will only make me stronger, we are here to stay, in the closet and in the open.

By Hlomela Msesele