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Women's Day silent march for freedom will end with a cry against injustice

At midday on Saturday 9 August 2014, thousands of women will march in absolute silence from Maponya Mall to the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto, re-enacting the historical march 58 years ago when 20,000 women protested against the injustices of apartheid and the laws enforcing racial discrimination on the nation.
In that important historical event, the women marched peacefully to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they delivered a petition, and then stood their ground for thirty minutes in silence - their cry for freedom. This display of unity between wives, mothers, sisters and daughters for a common cause, helped transform society and resulted in the political freedom and rights enjoyed by all South Africans today.

But today, women ask "Are we free?" And sadly, all too often the answer is: "No!"

Far too many people still suffer from different forms of oppression, whether it be abuse and violence or low self esteem and lack of confidence in their abilities, or any other form of discrimination which remain common in society.

The silent march for freedom, organised by Women in Action, is a stand against all forms of abuse and injustice suffered by women in South African society. Just as women helped change society historically through their march on 9 August 1956, so Women in Action, who are wives of pastors from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, will lead this march for freedom from abuse and all forms of victimisation. It is a powerful cry for the rights of women and children in South Africa.

All women are invited to join Women in Action as they set an example and take a stand against violence to help transform the nation. Participants will start gathering at 10am and the silent march will begin at midday on Saturday, 9 August, at Maponya Mall. It will end at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto where the petition will be a loud cry out for the protection of the women and children in our society.

Let your voice be heard through the silence. Then break the silence with a cry for justice.

Women in Action are involved in on-going projects to highlight the prevalence of abuse and to educate people on their options and rights. Amongst other campaigns, trained trauma counsellors run a regular support group called Save a Tamar, which encourages victims to break the silence of abuse and helps them begin the journey of acceptance, forgiveness, freedom and transformation. Through this counselling, many women have made the decision to live a new life and have changed from being victims of their traumatic past, to living a life of freedom and hope.

For further information, please contact Nametso Mofokeng at the church's public relations office on .

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's press office

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