Women’s Month Project: 6th form
This week, the Class of 2020 of Maritzburg College stood up and made a real difference against Gender-based Violence in our country. These young men packed and donated around 200 Rape Care Survivor kits, which will be given to victims of rape and abuse by Lifeline and Rape Crisis. This was part of College’s Women’s Month projects.
The Director of Lifeline, Ms Sinikiwe Biyela addressed the boys, highlighting the harsh realities of gender-based violence in our community, and the real need they, as an organisation, face in supporting the 300+ new victims every month; adults and children. Rape knows no barrier of age, gender or race – and the emotional scars are for life. COVID-19 has escalated the problem with victims unable to escape their perpetrators and find help.
Our 6th formers packed the rape care kits, placing personal messages of support in each bag. They listened in silence to Ms Biyela and then as one, rose and gave her and the work of Lifeline and Rape Crisis a standing ovation. Not only did these young men make a significant contribution to helping with a current and urgent need, in the future, they will go out and make a real difference as men who fight against gender-based violence.
In support of this initiative, we were also very privileged as a school, to receive large donations of products from parents and local companies including Save and Asmalls, for which we are extremely grateful.
We are definitely #StrongerTogether!