Bikers against abuse of women and children

Taylor Masanabo with his friends enjoying the ride. Photo: Thato Mahlangu.

Bikers came out in numbers on Monday to join the NGO Bontlebame in opposing the abuse of women and children.

The overall objective was to educate the city’s people about the perils of such abuse.

The distribution of pamphlets and one-on- one chats with locals in central Pretoria were followed by an impressive bike ride.

NGO Founder Kea Moloto Modise said the campaign, Bikers Ride Against Abuse of Women (BRAAW), had an impact in the townships and in the city centre.

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“For the past years, we moved with riders in different townships and in the city in addressing abuse and rape as well as HIV/Aids,” said Moloto.

“Unlike addressing these issues in secured offices or posh venues where the message doesn’t relate, we saw that it was important for the people in townships and the CBDs to hear the message.”

The bikers made noise to show their support for the No Violence towards the Vulnerable campaign.

The ride was led by Moloto Modise and bikers from the Da Cross Bikers Club.

The bikers said they participated in this initiative to speak to men and boys about the impact of abuse.

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“We wanted to raise awareness and also educate community members about what abuse does to our women, mothers, sisters and children,” said the group.

“Some people don’t know that it actually happens even in our own homes, work spaces, churches, schools and other open public spaces. While some didn’t even know that they were abusing their wives or girlfriends.”

The riders met at the city hall between Minnaar and Visagie streets in the early hours of the morning to make the loudest noise ever against abuse.

“We wanted to wake everyone in town and to make people aware that even bikers cared about the safety of women and the well-being of children.”

Modise-Moloto said the campaign was used to implement the Beaded White Ribbon programme which was initiated in 2010 to take the message against abuse to all spaces like boardrooms, taxi ranks, churches, workplace, churches and homes to evoke much needed important conversations.

“We also employ the Beaded White Ribbon as a source of support to victims – showing that they are not alone and that we too are concerned and want to end abuse and a source of income for the rural women who make them for us,” said Modise-Moloto.

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Bontlebame has been in existence for the past six years with focus on driving messages and actions against abuse and empowering and supporting survivors of abuse towards overcoming and living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

“All our efforts and activities ultimately benefit those in need while creating the necessary awareness, igniting conversations and processing healing,” added Moloti-Modise.

The campaign ended at a Tembisa orphanage home called Siyazigabiza Home of Hope which is a place of safety for abused women and children.

A dialogue was held and a donation was made to the centre.

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Thato Mahlangu
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