MAKE IT STOP! CAMPAIGN CATCHES ATTENTION
By: Nosipho Nyide
Actress Thando Thabethe is the front-runner in her women’s month campaign to raise awareness on the abuse of women.
To publicize the campaign, Thabethe took to social networks such as Twitter and Instagram.
Thabethe posted pictures of herself and other celebrities including, fellow Generations star and presenter Denise Zimba, presenter Dineo Moeketsi, Dj Miss Cosmo and more, in support
of the campaign.
In the pictures, the ladies portrayed how domestic violence affects women physically; they used makeup to illustrate this and then posted the pictures online.
Once people saw the pictures they immediately reacted to the campaign.
Women started coming out with their own stories of abuse on social media, other women and men were just happy that such a campaign exists.
An engineer tweeted about her story where she was assaulted by a man she had just started working with in Queenstown.
According to her the man made uncomfortable passes at her before the incident. He then made sure they ended up in her car together where he twisted her arm violently.
The engineer, @ayoh_aya tweeted, “I got back to work after a week. This guy was still there! I resigned with immediate effect…”
Thabethe responded to the tweet by commending the woman for telling her story.
@Selinah_51271, a mother, tweeted, “#MakeItStop (I) am also a survivor through Gods protection.”
Domestic abuse is close to Thabethe’s heart as she has spoken publicly in interviews, like on Zaziwe where she spoke about how abusive her dad was towards her mother.
According to Thabethe, her father’s abuse led to him taking his own life.
Halala Nobaza, a media student said, “I think this campaign is making waves this month because a lot of women suffer from domestic abuse. Hopefully it will help those suffering in
silence to know that they aren’t alone.”
All funds raised by this campaign will go to the Bethany house for abused women.