14-year-old Janika was found half-naked in her grandmotherâs yard. Sheâd been raped, then beaten to death with a concrete block, another casualty of the sickening rape epidemic sweeping South Africa.
Itâs horrific -- but now thereâs something we can do about it.
A scientifically-proven educational programme provided to hundreds of thousands of young people in East Africa has cut the number of rapes in HALF.
Instructors go into schools to teach boys about consent and how to stand up for women, while girls learn self-defence and how to spot risks. Organisers say itâs prevented more than 200,000 assaults!
Now they want to roll it out across Africa, where almost half of all women face physical and sexual violence in their lifetimes. But to do it they need funds -- and theyâre asking our movement for help.
If we raise enough, we can help spread this game-changing programme across the continent
and launch urgent campaigns to end violence against women globally. Starting in South Africa, weâll fund world-class instructors, training at least ten thousand girls and boys, and back groundbreaking research to take the model across the world.
No girl should go through the horror that Janika faced -- so chip in now to help cut rape in half: The results from this training programme are stunning
. 74% of boys who witnessed an assault in the year after their training in Nairobi, Kenya, successfully intervened to stop it. Imagine how many more rapes could be prevented if we help roll it out across the continent and campaign to end the global rape epidemic.The training has already been vetted by researchers from some of the worldâs top universities
, who found it massively successful and cost-effective. And the plan to expand it is simple -- if we raise enough, we will help set up the first African hub dedicated to this unique type of rape prevention, and we can:
- Train and certify a top team of instructors to teach the rape-preventing curriculum to over 10,000 South Africans;
- Conduct groundbreaking research into how best to prevent sexual violence;
- Provide legal, medical and psychological support for survivors;
- Push governments across the world to crack down on the global rape epidemic;
- Supercharge our global campaigns to end violence against women.
This is just the beginning. With one in three women having experienced sexual or physical abuse globally
, we need to take this fight across the world -- with powerful campaigns, smart media strategies and tenacious advocacy. Chip in today to make this the beginning of the end of this brutal crisis affecting almost one billion women and girls over their lifetimes:
Our movement has always stood up for women's rights worldwide -- from fighting child marriage, to backing amazing womenâs rights activists and campaigning for justice for rape survivors. Right now we have the opportunity to change the world our young girls and boys are growing up in for the better -- letâs do it together.
With hope and determination,
Sarah, Camille, Martyna, Christoph, Francesco, Bert and the rest of the Avaaz team
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Death of Janika Mallo, 14, has people saying 'I can't handle this anymore' (IOL)https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/death-of-janika-mallo-14-has-people-saying-i-cant-handle-this-anymore-31743040
'A Worldwide teaching program to stop rape' (New York Times)https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/opinion/a-worldwide-teaching-program-to-stop-rape.html
'Trained that 'No Means No,' young men act to stop rape' (Reuters)