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Women abuse is a dark subject. It happens in the dark. And all too often, it stays in the dark. It’s been in the dark for far too long. So for 16 days, we are shining a light on women abuse…– and keeping it there because it is only with constant illumination that the subject will remain in focus, instead of receding into the background, only to be revived when it makes headlines. 

Follow our journey into the light this 16 Days of Activism. Join us in remembering the women we’ve lost, in celebrating the lives they led, giving hope and help to those who are still in abuse situations – and taking a step beyond because remembering isn’t enough.

There are many ways to join the fight:

#16DaysOfActivism #16DaysOfLight

To all the women’s lives lost to abuse

A pavement, a train station, a street – ordinary places twisted into murder scenes, where lives were seized in violence, stolen from loved ones, snuffed out by woman abuse. That’s why we’re shining the light on this dark subject. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, to a future where no more women suffer the same fate.

Uyinene Mrwetyana

A simple errand, a brutal bloody end, a light condemned to darkness. Concealed in the shadows, woman abuse will rage on. That’s why we’re shining the light on stories like that of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, where all women’s futures can be realised, their hopes and dreams fulfilled.

Nwabisa Mthumeni

Snatched from her home, struck out by woman abuse. Trapped in the dark, the violence will never cease. That’s why we’re shining the light on woman abuse. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, to a future where women are safe – every second, every hour, every day.

Anonymous

Their stories never saw the light of day – no headlines, no mentions, no hashtags for all the lives snatched away. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, where no story is left in the dark.

Janika Mello

Barely a teenager, becoming a woman, brutally taken by abuse. Hidden in darkness, the horror will continue. That’s why we’re shining the light on woman abuse. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light – where no women’s lives are cut short by abuse

Clarissa Lindoor

Killed in rage. Consumed by darkness. To ensure that stories like Clarissa Lindoor’s aren’t trapped in the dark, we’re shining the light on woman abuse. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light – where no women die at the hands of those who stole their hearts.

Hannah Cornelius

A bright, brilliant future, savagely snatched away and cast into cold, empty darkness – all because of woman abuse. That’s why we’re shining the light on stories like that of Hannah Cornelius. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, where no woman’s future is under threat.

Zanele Khumalo

Two lives – one burning bright and one’s whose light was yet to shine. Both forever stifled in violent rage. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, and a South Africa free from woman abuse.

Courtney Pieters

Carefree laughter – forever silenced. A trusting, joyful heart – forever stopped. Three-year-old Courtney Pieters could have been and done anything. Instead her small but stunning light was violently stamped out, as if it were nothing. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, where every little girl is loved, cherished and respected.

Nomsa Hilda Mbuyisa

Only light can dispel darkness. That’s why we’re shining the light on stories like that of Nomsa Hilda Mbuyisa, brave mother of three. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, where all women’s lives are sacred, where all women are safe.

Hester, Kayla, Janine

Kayla, Janine and Hester Rawstorne The lives of three generations snuffed out, without a second thought. That’s why we’ll never let stories like this recede into darkness. Help us keep the light shining for Kayla, Janine and Hester so that all generations of women – present and future – can live a life free from violence.

Joey and Anisha

To drive out this horrendous darkness, we’re shining the light on stories like that of Joey and Anisha van Niekerk, beloved wife and wife. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light so that woman abuse remains in constant focus.

Popi and Bongeka

Two vibrant best friends. Two precious lives callously taken in a senseless act of violence. The light they shone forever dimmed. That’s why we’re shining the light on stories like that of Popi Qwabe and Bongeka Phungula. Watch to find out more. And together let’s keep the light shining on women abuse and bring the brutality to an end.

Lerato Moloi

All that mattered in Lerato Moloi’s brutal murder was who she chose to love. That hatred cannot be left to fester in the dark. That’s why we’re shining the light on stories like Lerato’s. Watch to find out more. And join us in lighting the way to a South Africa where all women are cherished.

Chanelle Henning

Kept in the dark, this young mother’s tragic death may recede into the background. Just another headline. Just another statistic. That’s why we’re shining a light on stories like Chanelle Henning’s. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light – because it’s only by keeping women abuse in focus that we can bring this epidemic to an end.

To all the women’s lives lost to abuse

A pavement, a train station, a street – ordinary places twisted into murder scenes, where lives were seized in violence, stolen from loved ones, snuffed out by woman abuse. That’s why we’re shining the light on this dark subject. Watch to find out more. And follow us into the light, to a future where no more women suffer the same fate.