Honouring victims of crime

Various role-players, including the deputy mayor, Cllr Fawzia Peer, at the event.

The Chatsworth Victim Friendly Facility (VFF) hosted a Women’s Day event at the Chatsworth SAPS, on Saturday, under the theme, ‘They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.’

Chairman of the Victim Friendly Facility, Vees Haripersad, together with counsellors at the facility honoured women, who had visited the centre in need of advice and assistance. Guest speaker and deputy mayor, Cllr Mayor Fawzia Peer, graced the event and spread words of encouragement to the women and encouraged residents that the 16 Days of Activism campaign should be held 365 days a year.

Station commander of Chatsworth SAPS, Brig Coenraad Marais, commended the women for their courage to seek help from the police.

“As we celebrate Women’s Month, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by our mothers who endured much to ensure the safety of their children. I encourage the men in our community to join the police in ending violence against women and children. Women should be respected at all times. There are different forms of abuse such as physical, emotional, financial and sexual. Police encourage women to seek assistance from the victim friendly facility. The first step is to break the silence,” he added.

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Brig Marais thanked Mrs Paul of Unilever for the goodie bags, comedian, Bash with Tash for entertaining the audience, Babs Hiring, members of the VFF and the SAPS, Jess Ford, Shoprite Checkers Hyper and Lenny Samuel for contributing towards the successful event.

Yoshini Perumal

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