2010 has been a pretty exciting year for South Africa. We hosted the World Cup and did so in style.
It has been a good year for WiA as well. We celebrated our first anniversary, marking a year in which every month saw new events, activities and ideas which brought all of us closer together.
Not only that, we have lived each day to honour our motto: “Knowledge is Power” and have embarked on a drive to empower women in our churches and surrounding communities the best way possible.
We might not have achieved all that we dreamed of and aimed for in such limited time but I believe we managed to reach many women throughout the country with our campaigns.
Alexandra welcomed the Women’s Health Project, which offered information on cancer and many other diseases. The community was given medical exams and workshops. A total of 2,700 women had access to these services during three days of intensive work.
On 9th August WiA launched the “Save a Tamar Campaign, a heartfelt drive prompted by all the experience we have in counselling and supporting women who suffer from abuse.
We have said repeatedly: Abuse from any source, at any level, disguised as culture or tradition is simply not right. Abuse takes one’s dignity away.
Our purpose was to offer awareness and comfort. In this endeavour we have held awareness campaigns in Gauteng, Western Province and KwaZulu Natal.
We originally planned to bring our campaign to a close on the 10th of December, in line with the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse, but have decided this is not possible or fair to so many women.
Since the day “Save a Tamar” campaign began, WiA has received countless messages from women who suffer abuse and others who have found peace thorough this campaign. We feel it is necessary to continue.
We will have a busy schedule in 2011 when we take the “Save a Tamar” campaign to other provinces in South Africa, but we shall continue to look for opportunities to become more involved and to assist this cause in other ways.
As for you, all supporters of WiA , we could not have achieved this much or offered assistance to other organisations without your constant and unflagging support.
On behalf of all of WiA members, please accept our gratitude and best wishes that 2011 will bring greatness into your life. We count on you to help us make a difference in South Africa.