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Women for Change take their skills to the wall<div>The women supported professional lead artist, Skumbuzo Salman, in painting a gender-based violence themed mural at the Lentegeur Civic Centre on 26 April 2024.</div><div><br></div><div>The mural was the final step in a series of engagements to capacitate the women as advocates against gender-based violence, since they joined the Women for Change programme in mid-November 2023. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:791px;" /></p>​​</span>‘This project was quite the departure from the rest of the Women for Change schedule, as the women literally had spray cans in hand, being directed by our wonderful lead artist, to tell this very compelling story. Gender-based violence continues to be one of society’s biggest challenges, and cuts across so many divides. This mural screams the importance of honest conversations and action to address gender-based violence, and I am confident that our participants too will remain advocates for change, courtesy of all they’ve learnt over the past six months on the programme,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" /></p>​​</span>While the mural was certainly one of the more colourful assignments, the group also spent the festive season on the beaches, assisting with the very successful Identikidz initiative, and attended numerous skills and capacity building programmes including computer training, First-Aid training, conflict management and training in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). They were able to put their skills to use in various City departments. In addition, the 10-day Art of Healing Programme, which the group attended, also impacted on their own lives and allowed them to work through past trauma and personal challenges. </div><div><br></div><div>The ladies, from Lentegeur and Rocklands, are Nazley Fredericks, Melanie Koopman, Shannon Isaacs, Micheala Adams, Sonja Woest, Cynthia Hendricks and Natalie Plaatjies.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2024-05-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b466e385-15f9-4615-92d7-9777946b50cf;L0|#0b466e385-15f9-4615-92d7-9777946b50cf|Women;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0be3ce88-83c5-4029-aa71-8c670c5a47ef;L0|#00be3ce88-83c5-4029-aa71-8c670c5a47ef|social10

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