Activate Change Drivers expresses its support for the call for gender-based violence to be declared a national state of emergency

03 September 2019

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Activate Change Drivers supports the call for gender-based violence to be declared a national state of emergency. Anecdotal evidence suggests that on average 3000 women are murdered annually in South Africa. In Sierra Leone the president declared 200 rapes for the year a state of emergency. South Africa is at war with itself and women of all ages bear the brunt of our collective anger and rage.

We call on leaders and all who call South Africa home to declare femicide a crime against society. Our country’s future is in the hands of diverse women whose lives are at risk every day. Protecting them is protecting our future. The struggle against femicide is not a woman’s issue, it is an issue affecting us all. Join and support Activators as they mobilise against femicide and gender-based violence. Follow them on

Just as we defeated apartheid we MUST defeat the anger and rage which threatens the social fabric of South Africa. Activate Change Drivers sends condolences to the family and friends of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess and the thousands of victims of femicide. Let their murders not be in vain.



ACTIVATE! is a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Connecting youth who have the skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovative and creative solutions that can reshape our society.

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