Back in June 2003, Wendy Ackerman joined WHEAT for a celebratory lunch at Clovelly Golf Club as Raymond Ackerman funded a golf day for all the friends of WHEAT Trust. We discussed the various ways we know of in which communities have used to unite women and at the same time mobilise valuable funds to invest in grassroots women’s initiatives. We all became very enthusiastic when we learned more about Wendy Ackerman’s experiences when attending an event in the USA where they sold 1000 tickets to women to attend a fundraising event. Our first question was “Could we do it?” This great idea did not get lost in time – Wendy invited me to meet the organiser of the USA event at a dinner at their home and the idea became a PLAN.
The next week I phoned a few members of the EMINENT Women Network, a network that invested in WHEAT Trust, where, within one day, we had a great working committee of 15 women; many of them with experience of domestic violence – and the theme was decided on without much discussion. The timing was also wonderful as the fist new legislation on domestic violence was passed by the South African parliament. The working group remain true to the event and volunteer their service to organise the initiative.
Our strategy included the idea to mobilise 25 more women who all attended a launch of the initiative in August 2003 at the Castle in Cape Town. All the women that attended committed that each would motivate five other women to join our initiative and to be Table Captains (Ambassadors) of the event. The one hundred women then mobilised ten women each and we organised the first event in May in 2004 at the CTICC. Without the support of the Table Captains the job would have been daunting to say the least!
In 2004 WHEAT Trust mobilised 1000 Women to Unite against Domestic Violence in Cape Town. This initiative is worth remembering for 1000 women standing together against domestic violence. Those who attended since 2004 were treated to a fantastic line-up of speakers and entertainers, including well-known diva Vicky Sampson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Poseletso of Idols fame, Gerry Rantselli, CODA and guest speaker Irene Khan (Head of the International Human Rights Body). The initiative was organised from 2004 to 2008. (Not held in 2009-2010 because of the economic downturn). During 2010 we re-launched the initiative and mobilised more funding than expected.
Wendy Ackerman and I were joined by many prominent women who supported the initiative annually. Wendy Luhabe, Maria Ramos, Nolitha Fakude, Helen Zille, Pam Golding, Joan Armatrading, Tina Eboka, Lynne Brown, Tannie Evita (Pieter Dirk Uys) , Pregs Govender, and Gertrude Fester have been among the many prominent women that supported this initiative.
More importantly, the profits from this event will strengthen women-led initiatives across the country that work tirelessly to bring hope, protection and knowledge to women living in abusive relationships. Our theory for change is that if women have access to resources, skills and information they will take advantage of strategic opportunities to advance human rights for women.
After a very successful initiative in 2014 and celebration of the 10th anniversary of the initiative the 1000 Women Trust was registered to mobilise women to join the initiative, to show solidarity and to invest in grassroots women who work hard to eradicate violence against women and children.
Women’s Hope Education and Training Trust is a partner of the 1000 Women Trust and has been appointed as the grantmaking partner.
The patron Wendy Ackerman (Pick n Pay) and Trustees Tina Thiart and Mpho Mashengete are inviting all women to join 1000 Women 1 Voice Initiative.
Become an Ambassador and add your voice and motivate your company to invest in women.
1000 Women Trust
Become a significant partner in this prestigious one-of-a-kind event and add your name to the growing number of good citizens and companies that take a stand against domestic violence.
The WHEAT Trust, partner of the 1000 Women Trust invests in women-led grassroots organisations that facilitate meaningful change in their communities. Funds raised at this event will strengthen women-led initiatives across the country that work tirelessly to bring hope, protection and knowledge to women and girls. For more information please visit www.wheattrust.co.za
Become an Ambassador – donate R1000 and mobilise your friends to join 1000 Women 1 Voice. Special rates to your friends for future events and private invitation to media events.
Donate any amount to the 1000 Women Trust and provide funds for grants that support projects working with violence against women.
Make sure your Company invests in this initiative!. Invest R10 000 towards your corporate table of 10 people at our flagship event. We will ensure your branding is visible at the event.
One out of every four women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship. Every six days a woman in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner. Every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in South Africa.
These shocking statistics are not new; every time we read a newspaper or turn on the television, we are made aware of the escalating level of abuse towards women and girls that takes place in our communities. We are calling all South Africans to stand together and speak out.
Since 2004, the 1000 Women Trust has been mobilizing “1000 Women to Unite against Domestic Violence” across South Africa.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Enough Is Enough Photo Art Exhibition; a project borne out of the 1000 Women 1 Voice campaign- an initiative of the 1000 Women Trust. The initiative will be launched as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children which runs from the 25 November 2017 to 10 December 2017 in South Africa. This will take place at the concourse, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town.
After the 10 December 2017 the exhibition will move to the Slave Lodge, Cnr Adderly and Wale Streets, Cape Town where it will be on display until the 8 March 2018; the International Women’s Day; where the exhibition will again be launched.
The media launch is taking place on the 7 December 2017, at the Media Room, Western Cape Government at 16h00. This will be followed preceded by light snacks.
The writing retreat is a safe space for women who have been exposed to gender based violence to gather at a sacred space where they can freely express themselves and reflect on their lives, hopes, dreams and fears through creative writing and storytelling.
This opportunity is being opened for women who have been through the most to participate; journey; reflect; release and heal through telling and sharing their stories. The sessions are designed in such a way that not only do the women narrate the stories, they will also be given tools so that should they choose to continue with their writing; be it memoires; poems or journals- they are able to do so
These narratives will be published as a celebration of these women, who have reclaimed their lives stories by sharing them with the world and other women who are experiencing or have experienced trauma. What makes this reflective writing different? It is a means to an end. It is a space for letting out, cry, get angry and laugh. Most of all, it is a space for the women to be themselves. It is a safe space to reflect; release; heal and be with other women who have been through similar pain. It will be an empowering process. The exhibition will be held on an annual basis and therefore we are hoping that more and more voices of women will reverberate the cry for violence against women and children to stop.