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COSATU NW launches 16 days of activism against violence on women and children

24 November 2011

The Congress of South African Trade unions in the North West will launch a campaign on the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children.

As COSATU our campaign is targeting the rural farming areas as the people in those area have not yet tasted the benefits of democracy.

Our people in the rural farm area are subjected to extreme poverty, to the point that their children die of hunger like the case in Verdwaal.

Women and children are abused by farmers and some are physically assaulted on a daily basis and they do not know what to do.

The worst thing that happened to two women in the same area are that an old women domestic worker was savaged by dogs in her private parts in 2010. The case was withdrawn due to the colour of the owner of the dogs. Same dogs in 2010 when a security women worker was also bitten in her private parts. Both are still suffering the pains; the domestic worker’s private parts are still bleeding.

This is what is called 17years of democracy for the poor farm workers, domestic workers security workers and our poor children in particular women!

This year COSATU will launch this campaign under the theme No tolerance on abuse against women, men, children and people living with disabilities: stop it now!

The launch will take place on 26 November 2011 at the Moedwill farm school at 10h00 and it will graced by speakers from SANCO, ANC, SACP, government and COSATU.

Members of the community are invited to attend this activity.

The media is also invited to attend and report on the activity.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe COSATU North West Provincial secretary at 082 304 4055