Dear South African women, your country has a few things to say to you.
The recent death of Karabo Mokoena has forced South Africans to wake up and face the reality of violence against women.
Her death was definitely a horrific and tragic event that no woman should ever have to experience. But there is always some light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Never has one woman united South Africa in such a way before. Never has one woman inspired so many victims of gender-based violence to come forward and speak about their ordeals before.
Karabo’s death has raised awareness of the dangers women face every day at the hands of men. Her death also highlighted the long-standing issues of femicide and sexual abuse.
In South Africa, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every eight hours.
These statistics are according to studies that have been summarised by The Huffington Post.
The incident also sparked heated debates on social media. First, it was the hashtag #MenAreTrash. Then it was #NotAllMen. And now South African women and men have another message they would like to share.
#DearSouthAfricanWomen I pray that you are safe and one day you will not have to live in fear anymore.
— Travis Skhot_So_Hard (@KefilweDopey) May 18, 2017
#DearSouthAfricanWomen don’t be charmed by a guys looks when you meet them, the devil was the most beautiful of all of Gods angels.
— BROOKLYN / •\ SAUCY (@Buang03) May 18, 2017
#DearSouthAfricanWomen sorry you were not well protected and kept safe by men who claim to love you.
— Broke Billionare (@tholumusa21) May 18, 2017
#DearSouthAfricanWomen Don’t wear headphones,your ears are an important piece of sensing danger.
— Jules (@Pweedy_Julie) May 18, 2017
#DearSouthAfricanWomen I’m sorry. For the pain,fear,humiliation,anger, agony, I as a man have caused u. I will be better. U deserve better.
— Zola zÓ Lena (@iamzlena) May 19, 2017
— Yashani D (@Ashley_Dorothy) May 18, 2017
• Please don’t trust strangers with your personal details, nudes and lives.
• Don’t compete, empower each other!
— ♛The Trillest King♛ (@TumediTreezy) May 19, 2017
You don’t need a man in your life to feel validated. Don’t settle.
— Darren Maule™ (@darrenmaule) May 18, 2017
#DearSouthAfricanWomen, we are with you.
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