Our pursuit to create a platform for business, media, community leaders, artists and caring members of society to join voices to make a statement against abuse of Women and Children was successfully achieved on 0I December 2010 when guests convened in Muldersdrift to make a collective statement against abuse of the vulnerable.
Amongst others in attendance was the cast of Isidingo- including the daughter of our Honourable President: Jacob Zuma, Gugulethu Zuma, representatives from Government Departments; People Opposing Women Abuse(POWA), South African Football Association (SAFA), Business Woman Association of South Africa, Brothers for life; numerous media houses and other businesses. The highlight of the evening; separate from a powerful delivery by Ms.Lebo Mashile-South Africa's leading poet and performer and Dr. Phetla was Mrs. Violet Shai - wife of Mr. Patric Shai- who shared her experience of being abused for the very first time - a milestone on its own. She is one of many women that mostly confess that 'leaving my husband was not an option because I believed that the monster was not my husband'. She is also one of a few victors of abuse that are able to speak boldly and proudly testify that the husband is no longer an abuser but a caring, loving partner and father. 'We trust that initiatives such as the 1st Dinner will ignite the necessary change so that we hear more similar testimonies', said Ms Kea Modise-Moloto- host of the 1st Dinner. The messages and statements written by the 1st Dinner's guests is a reminder and tool to ensure that conversations and thoughts against abuse continue beyond the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
Guests expressed their appreciation of lessons learnt from other's stories and encouraged us to continue hosting similar events, and we will. The host; Kea Modise-Moloto ( also founder of Bontlebame) in her vote of thanks posed a challenge to supporters of the 1st Dinner to return to their respective environments; work spaces and private spaces to continue to talk and educate our children, friends and family members against abuse - for when our caliber speak, society and fans listen; thoughts and perceptions will begin to change- influencing behavioral change. This is the objective of all our efforts..
- | 01 December, 2010
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