Although the safety and empowerment of women has been a hot button topic since the beginning of time, the movement against women’s physical and emotional abuse has never been more prevalent than right now.
I was introduced to the work of Stay Safe by Sanri van Wyk from SVW Communications and after a bit of research I was eager to get involved.
Stay Safe is a registered NPO that empowers young girls and women with life skills in self-protection and general safety at home and in the work place. The initiative takes shape through a series of workshops and training sessions conducted by a team of 8 highly trained and experienced self-defence practitioners captained by Sanette Smit, author of The South Africa Woman’s Guide to Self-Defence. The organisation is even endorsed by legendary singer, philanthropist and political activist, Annie Lennox.
I first met Margaret and Sanette when they arrived at my studio. These inspiring women first had to get their smiles going before they started having fun, demonstrating some punches. Margaret was quick to assist when I suggested a demonstration at Lawrence House, a home close to my heart in Woodstock where I thought the girls could benefit from their extensive knowledge. Soon after I was introduced to the rest of the team, confronted once again by a group of strong, warm and inspiring females.
Stay Safe is sponsored by a number of corporate companies including Shoprite who sponsored the Self-Defence Roadshow in 2014. The initiative is responsible for equipping over 1800 women from previously disadvantaged areas with the practical skills of self-defence. With the alarming escalation of rape statistics in South Africa alone, the need to fight back and take a stand against sex crimes is both crucial and detrimental to the health and safety of our nations beautiful women.
For more information or to inquire about sponsorship and donations, visit: http://staysafe.org.za