Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' and bishops' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), were invited to participate in the Gauteng Legislature's awareness expo held at the launch of the Citizen's Annual Report 2011/2012 and the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism and World Aids Day at the City Hall in Johannesburg on 28 November 2012.
Gauteng Legislature's Director of Communications, Ms Jackie Nxasana, said that Women in Action were identified as a key stakeholder as part of the government's Public Participation process because their numerous effective campaigns contribute significantly to public awareness and community upliftment. This year the South African Government adopted the motto: "Don't look away. Act against Abuse" and WiA contributes towards this by creating awareness, highlighting the negative impact of abuse and offering support for survivors through their on-going initiatives. She said: "Gauteng Legislature's theme is to take the legislature to the people. Working with reputable organisations we can extend our reach into the wider community."
Exhibiting alongside the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) and some Government Departments, empowerment groups and independent organisations, WiA handed out white ribbons as symbols of peace and commitment by the wearer never to commit or condone violence against women and children.
Trained counsellors offered information on HIV/Aids, cancer and abuse to more than 100 visitors to the display. Visitors received information on awareness and treatment options with gratitude and many were referred to clinics for assessment and treatment while others were invited to attend support groups for cancer patients (It's all about you) and abuse (Save a Tamar).
For further information, please contact Nametso Mofokeng at the church's public relations department on 011 224 3400 or email .
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is a contemporary, evangelical, Bible-based church, actively involved in numerous national outreach projects caring for people's spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
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