Three stories regarding gender-based violence have recently "shocked" the world: the rape and mutilation of 23-year-old Indian Jyoti Singh Pandey on a public bus in New Dehli, the rape and disembowelment of 17-year-old South African Anene Booysen in a small 'dorp' near Cape Town, and the killing of 29-year-old South African Reeva Steenkamp in her boyfriend's luxury residence in Pretoria. Read more here.
I consider myself very lucky to be with such a loving and caring man. He may not be into valentines day (he hates it :-( ), but because he loves me, he went out of his way to get me a single rose and a box of my favourite chocolates as he does every year.
But love shouldn't be about luck. In fact, walking down the street and getting home safe shouldn't be about luck. But the story the world wide statistics tell, is that as a woman, if you haven't experienced some form of gender based violence, you a very lucky. So I set aside some time to rise up shout and dance with the world in a global movement against the abuse of women and girls on V-Day.
We have had enough!!!