Reposted from May 2012
This year’s 1000 women against domestic violence luncheon organised by the WHEAT Trust saw over a 1000 women and men from different cultural and class backgrounds take a stand against abuse on 17 May at the Cape Town International Conventions Centre. This event was the 7th of its kind.
This great networking opportunity was attended by powerful women from politics, business, and the diplomatic world. WHEAT Trust also invited a number of women-led organisations to the event and amplified their voices by showing their work. The event lined up an exciting list of speakers and entertainment including Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana.
In the welcome speech by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor explained that this gathering signifies that we are able to mobilize men and women to articulate our concerns and our commitment to equality. This has to be translated to practical community action. "We have made great strides but the continuing scourge of violence, poverty and deprivation suggests a need for a more transformative discourse, a discourse of rights, responsibility and community transformation,” said Pandor.
Wendy Ackerman, patron of WHEAT and one of the founding members of the 1000 Women United Against Domestic Violence Initiative, called upon every South African to get involved in this initiative. Each year the WHEAT Trust continues to advance its mission of WHEAT providing financial and other resources to grassroots women-led organisations in South Africa that would not otherwise not have been able to access. Through our programmes we have seen many lives changed for the better.
In particular the 1000 women luncheon has enjoyed great success this year. We had more grantees and more importantly, also men, attending the event. The generous donations from sponsors made this event a huge success.
Domestic violence is the second biggest pandemic that women in South Africa face after poverty and women in abusive relationships are often afraid to speak out. A lot of these women are poor, uneducated or oppressed to such an extent that they do not understand what abuse is, how to deal with it and lack knowledge about their rights. Florence Adam, one of the founders of Sinako and beneficiary of the WHEAT Trust: ”It is important that we educate these women so they can speak out and stand up for themselves.”
The WHEAT Trust invests in education, training and capacity building for grassroots women-led organisations to foster women’s leadership and to empower women to uplift themselves and their communities.
We would like to thank all the women and men for their generosity on the day and for demonstrating a culture of giving where people care about each other and know that our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the well being of others.
For more information, contact the WHEAT Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org.