Hundreds of children participate in anti-abuse campaign

Hundreds of pupils from Manenberg and officials have made a pledge against gender-based violence.

The ‘Air your Dirty Laundry’ campaign was launched on 03 December 2015 by the Saartjie Baartman Centre for women and children in Manenberg. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of school children have taken part in an initiative aimed at prompting victims of domestic abuse to speak out about the issue.

The 'Air your Dirty Laundry' campaign was today launched by the Saartjie Baartman Centre for women and children in Manenberg.

Hundreds of school children from Manenberg and surrounding areas, along with police and fire officials have made a pledge against gender-based violence.

The centre's director, Shameema McLeod, says they want to bring the message across that abuse should not remain hidden and victims should speak out.

"Social problems are kept within the home setting, no one must know about it.

The children are painting messages on t-shirts which will be hung up on a washing line calling for an end to abuse.

T-shirts are being adorned with brightly coloured messages like 'Stop sexual abuse' and 'I don't like the fighting'.