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Awareness campaign launched in Sandton against women abuse

Women dressed in all black, stood in pouring rain and formed a row holding placards with headlines of news about women abuse.

Women from Joe Public United, a communications agency, launched a campaign on 22 March 2018 to raise awareness around abuse. Picture: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Women dressed in all black, stood in pouring rain and formed a row holding placards with headlines of news about women abuse.

The women from communications agency Joe Public United are launching a campaign against women abuse.

The campaign is being launched on Thursday, a day after Human Rights Day.

Placards reading ‘360 women are abused daily’, ‘raped by her boss’ and ‘student raped after drink spiked’ were held by the women dressed in black.

Joe Public United’s Lungile Gunundu says they launched it in Sandton on Grayston Drive because it’s a busy road.

“We are raising awareness on behalf of People Opposing Women Abuse and we’re just trying to stop abuse against women.”

Gunundu says they hope the campaign will do something to decrease abuses perpetrated against women.

“We should be aware of Human Rights Day and we should try to stop women abuse, as well as domestic violence that’s been happening.”

The campaign was sparked by a receipt shared on social media called the bill of rights. The receipt has an estimate of people killed and injured during apartheid.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)