New secret lingo used to assist survivors of gender-based violence – persverklaring



New secret language in colour created to support SA gender-based violence survivors

The organization 1000 Women Trust is using a new language code by employing colour hearts on social media to give South African women the opportunity to cry out for help if subjected to gender-based violence. It also conveys the message to survivors of gender-based violence that they are not alone.

Gender-based violence in South Africa has surged during the national lockdown.

Police statistics for the first week of lockdown show that more than 2300 complaints of gender-based violence were recorded.

The 1000 Women Trust says this is 37 % higher than the weekly average last year.

A woman is killed every three hours, according to police statistics – a rate five times the global average. Half are murdered by men with whom they had a close relationship.

Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are reported to the police per day.

Tina Thiart, the founder member of 1000 Women Trust, said through the new secret language of hearts the message to South African women is clear: You may be isolated, but you are not alone.

The code blue and yellow hearts mean you are in good mindset, safe space and you are happy. This will let your friends know that you are fine and they don’t need to worry.

Green, black and red hearts mean you might be anxious, exhausted or irritated but you are coping. Your friends will know to check in more regularly and assist where possible.

An orange heart signals that you are experiencing gender-based violence and need urgent assistance. Discuss with your friend what action she needs to take like calling the police or neighbourhood watch or somebody that can assist you urgently.

A purple heart represents trauma and would require immediate action from your friends. Discuss with your network of friends what action you would need. We can provide counselling or a VENT Buddy to help you to cope.

“During phase 4 of the lockdown, many women may suffer emotionally and mentally because of the danger of gender-based violence. Our colour-coded message to the women are that their messages will be received and acted upon and that their voices will be heard,” said Thiart.

Women who want to liaise with 1000 Women Trust, can visit their Facebook page on 1000women1voice. Send us a heart to show how you are coping! Women can also Whatsup the 1000 Women number 061 4690579.

A special Facebook live meeting is scheduled for 14th May on 1000women1voice to replace the annual 1000Women1Voice luncheon that was scheduled to be held on that day at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID 19-pandemic and the Lockdown. Please join the Facebook live party at 11 am on 14th May.

The gender-based violence national command centre can be reached on 0800 428 428.

Press release compiled on behalf of 1000 Women Trust. For more information, contact Tina Thiart on 073-2079079.

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