More care shelters for woman needed

There are just over 50 shelters in and around SA to care for abused woman and children.

There are just over 50 shelters for abused women and their children countrywide.

CAPE TOWN - Social Development MEC Albert Fritz on Thursday said he is aware there are too few shelters for abused women in the Western Cape.

There are just over 50 shelters for abused women and their children countrywide.

On Thursday, city officials treated women from two city shelters to lunch and a day of pampering.

Fritz said he is working on various projects to empower women at the city's shelters.

"We will have psychologists and social workers there."

Cape Town's deputy metro police chief Yolanda Faro said she aims to restore the dignity of women who are living in shelters.

Faro said she has been collecting toiletries to donate to shelters that don't receive any funding whatsoever.

"We collect toiletries which are donated to shelters that are not funded by government. The reason we chose the name Project Dignity is because we want to return dignity to women in shelters. Just because they're in shelters doesn't mean they don't want to look and smell nice.

"The public can help. If they can donate, we would really appreciate that. We take the donations to shelters where the woman really need those essentials we take for granted on a daily basis."