Individual starts #MeToo campaign for 16 days of activism

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Bassie Moroa has his own #MeToo campaign to support the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children started on 25 November.
The aim of this campaign is to create awareness of the negative impact violence and abuse have on women and children.
Various individuals and businesses support the campaign for no violence against women and children. Bassie Moroa, an employee of Pick n Pay, Showgate, showed his support for the campaign by starting his own #MeToo-campaign.
Moroa said the campaign should continue for 365 days and not only last for 16 days. “It should not be about the 16 days. Nobody has the right to hurt anybody else physically or emotionally and I think this campaign should become something we should focus on daily and live by accordingly,” he said.
The reason for Moroa’s campaign is to create the opportunity to converse with shoppers and to educate them about the situation. “We are not asking for money; we want to be sure that everyone is aware of the campaign, what it is about and what the aim of partaking in the campaign is,” he explained.
The reason for Moroa’s decision to take action by himself, is the fact that his mother had been a victim of abuse. “My mother was married and after a few years my stepfather assaulted her. To me this seemed very wrong, I was upset that something like that could happen and I could not understand it.”
In the end it is necessary that the whole world should know what the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children are about and as Moroa said, there should be 365 days against abuse and violence and not only 16 days.
The campaign will continue until 10 December.

Jeretha Oosthuizen
jeretha@mahareng.co.za