A Gender Based Violence Seminar was held on 16 May 2022 for the Westridge District’s Young People at Tafelsig Congregation.
The District Rector, Priest Godwin Jacobs welcomed all who were in attendance, amongst others: MEC Reagan Allen for Community Safety and Police, Minister Sharna Fernandez for Social Development of the Western Cape and Safeline represented by Edlynn and some of her colleagues, and Andrea Dulliseur.
The seminar provided an objective: To build knowledge to address gender-based violence (GBV) in populations affected by it.
There is a great need for services and support for women of abuse, to not only identify abusive behaviour, but to equip women and the Young People with the knowledge and resources to change their situation, to get protection, and to heal from abusive experiences.
The Young People were made aware that they can positively affect the beliefs and actions of those who make themselves guilty of these destructive intentions. Their attention was drawn to have a positive commitment to ensure that all, and the community at large can respond effectively to the challenges regarding GBV.
This seminar enhanced planning and coordination by bringing motivation, courage, and resources to all who attended. Participants reflected on the responsibility for carrying forward messages from this seminar. Accountability support is needed from all to work in collaboration with the community. Prevention strategies can be implemented such as:
1. Believe the survivors
2. Discuss with others
3. Educate the community at large
4. Progressively set up a support structure.
The District Rector, Priest Godwin Jacobs concluded by re-iterating that we must believe the survivors and discuss the traumatic experiences with others.