Birth of the BlackDoekMovementSA
BlackDoekMovementSA was birthed by an energetic and vibrant young lady, Kelleigh James, in response to the increasing gender-based violence incidents, not only in her community of Eldorado Park but in her country South Africa.
The BlackDoekMovementSA serves to represent and advocate for the rights of women, children and men, shouting “STOP KILLING US!” It is a movement made of individuals clothed in strength, dignity, tenacity; determined to strive particularly towards the emancipation of abused women and children and a deep will for justice to be served. A movement ready to STAND UP for an immediate end to the brutal killing of women and children in South Africa.
RISE UP, SOUTH AFRICA!
– Kelleigh James
Gender Based Violence and Femicide
Gender-based violence and femicide are serious, life-threatening issues impacting the lives of women and children in South Africa. The scourge of violence is increasing and according to Statistics South Africa, women are 5 times more likely to be murdered by their male than the global average. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation has risen sharply; where women and young girls are particularly negatively affected.
Did You Know• In September 2019, president Ramaphosa declared femicide a “National Crisis”
• Approximately HALF of all SA women have experienced sexual or physical intimate partner violence – the most common form of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Could this be why males in SA are so silent?
• Shockingly, only 4% of perpetrators are prosecuted, only 4%. How can we be Proudly South African when women in this country are UNSAFE?
• In 2020, SA was declared to be facing two pandemics – Covid-19 & GBV. One invisible and the other very visible!
• Between April 2018 – March 2019, 3 000 women lost their lives as a result of GBV.
• A woman is murdered every 3 hours in SA.
• And then, the third unmentioned enemy – HIV. Over 16% of ALL HIV infections could be prevented if women did not experience domestic violence from their partners.
Ambassadors of the Movement
BlackDoekMovementSA has identified and partnered with key role players in South Africa to act as ambassadors to amplify our voice through their respective social media following by advocating against GBVF.
The road to success has been painted as one full of ambition, hard work, persistence, and sweat. One of the enthusiastic ladies in South Africa who is known for her ambition is none other than Chante Jantjies.
Chante Jantjies is the full package – brains, a good heart, and beauty. Some have even named her the Meghan Markle of South Africa on social media.
You may recognise her from her stint as Miss South Africa Teen back in 2009. In 2018, Jantjies was chosen as a semi-finalist for Miss SA, however, that was only the beginning of her incredible career.
Jantjies is currently a SABC news broadcaster. She is also known for her good heart. In 2019, she started her own foundation, ‘Chanté Cares’.
We are proud to have Chante Jantjies as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Singer-songwriter and entrepreneur, LeAnne Dlamini, shares her women-empowerment movement passion project. With her fast-growing passion project, End Girl Hate, taking off in Canada, Botswana, and South Africa, this entrepreneur, and busy mom of two beautiful girls, hardly has time to work out.
She was born and raised in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, with two hardworking parents and a younger brother, whom she says contributed to her happy childhood filled with beautiful memories of music and dancing.
Her love of the arts led her to study music at The National School of Arts in Braamfontein and inevitably helped her launch the successful music career she has today. But when she’s not recording music, writing a new song, or spending quality time with friends and family, LeAnne can be found, working hard at inspiring sisterhood in schools, and among women in the corporate space.
We are proud to have LeAnne Dlamini as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Jason is currently a host on SABC 3’s hit show Man Cave and had his own late night talk show also on SABC 3 called Larger than Life.
We are proud to have Jason Goliath as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement
Stanton Fredericks (often nicknamed “Stiga”) is a South African football player. He was born on 13 June 1978 in Johannesburg. The midfielder started his career in Wits University in 1995 and spent at the club six years playing in115 matches.
In 2000 Fredericks joined Grasshopper Club Zürich for a season. Later he signed a deal with Kaizer Chiefs where he spent 3 seasons appearing in 79 matches and netting 10 goals. In 2004 the player went to FC Moscow, yet during a two-year spell at the club Fredericks played only in 13 games. After short spells in Orlando Pirates and Supersport United the midfielder signed a contract with Pierikos F.C.
In 2010 Fredericks joined Bidvest Wits. Stanton retired from football in May 2013.
We are proud to have Jason Goliath as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Bianca Le Grange
Bianca Le Grange is a sassy, sexy and gorgeous singer and actress, with a warm, friendly smile, and a personality that lights up any room. Her middle name is “Joy” and it is an apt description for Bianca’s happy, passionate and outgoing nature. Bianca Le Grange was born in a musical family. She studied classical piano and violin and has a profound passion for music and the performing arts.
Bianca has openly used her platform within the arts to highlight her personal journey with gender-based
violence by encouraging women to speak against and walk out of abusive relationships. She is a sterling reflection of HOPE and Empowerment.
We are proud to have Bianca Le Grange as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovementSA.
Carolyn Steyn is an actress and radio announcer. Steyn’s passion for the performing arts goes back to her days as a student at Joburg’s Jeppe High School for Girls. She reminisces about when a group of actors from the old Performing Arts Council of Transvaal, or Pact as it was known then, first performed for a group of excited schoolgirls at Jeppe, where a star-struck and painfully shy Steyn was in the front row. She instantly knew that this is what she wanted to do.
With her passion for performing arts and experience in philanthropy and human rights activism, we believe that together, we can instill hope into the lives of those affected by gender-based violence in South Africa.
We are proud to have Carolyn Steyn as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovementSA.
Catherine Constantinides is a prominent South African thought leader, environmentalist focused on climate change, food & water security and waste management, a social entrepreneur, social justice activist and human rights defender
Constantinides established her first business, SA Fusion, a social enterprise, when she was 16. She was involved in the introduction of the Miss Earth concept to South Africa and was crowned the first Miss Earth South Africa in 2003. She currently serves as director of Miss Earth South Africa.
Constantinides is the co-founder of Generation Earth, a youth-led environmental organisation.
During 2013 Constantinides was the youngest of a group of 20 emerging Africans named as an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow.
We are proud to have Catherine Constantinides as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Fabian McCarthy was born 13 May 1977 in Vryburg, North West and is a retired South African football (soccer) player.
McCarthy kickstarted his football career in 1997 at the age of 20 at Bloemfontein Celtic and then went on to be a key figure at Chiefs, Sundowns, Moroka Swallows among other clubs, further admitting that he won way too many trophies with Amakhosi.
McCarthy also competed for South Africa at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
We are proud to have Fabian McCarthy as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Sheldon Tatchell is the founder of Legends Barbershop – a men’s grooming salon franchise.
Sheldon held his first set of hair clippers when he was a 14-year old boy. “My father bought me my first clippers, and all I wanted to do was to cut hair,” Sheldon says. “That’s when my passion for hair cutting began.”
Sheldon says that he had always thought of opening a barber shop, but uncertainty caused him to abandon the idea. He then decided to follow a career in the corporate sector but says that he was very unhappy. Sharing the same vision as a friend of his, Sheldon says that Legend’s Barber officially opened its doors in 2011 and the rest as we say is history.
Legends Barbershop offers professional male grooming services to clients. Its mantra is to “take haircuts to the next level”.
We are proud to have Sheldon Tatchell as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Sello Hatang was the Head of Information Communications and spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission. Sello participated in the post-1994 transformation of the National Archives, including providing archival support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA) at Wits University. Sello serves on the boards of SAHA and the Open Democracy Advice Centre and is a founding member and member of the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). He is also a member of the editorial team for Nelson Mandela.
He has been recognised for his leadership by being given the Keys to Florence, Italy, and the city of Buenos Aires has given him an honorary diploma and declared him a rare Guest of Honor status. Because of his stature, he was able to secure American President Barack Obama to deliver the 16th Mandela Annual lecture.
We are proud to have Sello Hatang as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Terence Abrahams is known for his work on the popular 7de Laan local South African soapie.
He is the floor manager / assistant director on the 7de Laan studio.
We are proud to have Terence Abrahams as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Thokozani Jacob Masilela
Mr Mninwa Thokozani Jacob Masilela, current executive chairperson of the Gauteng Community Police Board.
Mr Masilela has a long spanning history in the community-policing space where he started as local chairperson of Germiston Community Police Forum; moved up to cluster chairperson; deputy chairperson and now chairperson of Gauteng Provincial Cimmunity Police Board in his second term.
“SAPS’ biggest strife is to win back public confidence and trust. The Community Policing Forum therefore serves as an important bridge between the SAPS and the community; and hence the adoption of community mobilisation and collaboration as one of the six priorities towards reducing the volumes of crime in the Province,”
We are proud to have Thokozani Jacob Masilela as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Yusuf Abramjee is a journalist by trade, but he does not limit himself to the newsroom. Abramjee is a leader whose mission is to ensure progress in community development in a democratic society.
As a man of vision and action who chooses to contribute rather than criticise, Abramjee, through the LeadSA campaigns, has worked closely with the Department of Basic Education to ensure improvement in South Africa’s education system.
He is a trustee of the Shout Foundation, a campaign working to create a safer South Africa and has been at the head of Crime Line since the launch of the tip-off service in 2007. Under his leadership, Crime Line has led to numerous arrests and millions in seizures Abramjee is current Chairman of the National Press Club and also served as Chairman of the National Press Club from 2000 until 2003. His work has garnered him recognitions such as the LAROSA Award in 1998, Leadership and Communicator of the Year in 2000, and Security Personality of the Year in 2001. Abramjee is a valuable asset to our country and patron of our democracy.
We are proud to have Yusuf Abramjee as one of the ambassadors of the BlackDoekMovement.
Pledge Your Support
When someone tells you they were raped or sexually assaulted, knowing how to respond is critical. A negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face no consequences for their crimes. Start by being a voice that stops this cycle by improving our personal and professional reactions.
It all starts with you. Make your personal commitment to end the silence of GBVF and make your voice heard.
Pledges signed to date
#BlackDoekMovementSA Signature Pledge
- I hereby pledge my support towards the BlackDoekMovementSA.
- By signing this pledge, I confirm my commitment and support towards the fight against the abuse of men, women and children.
- I pledge to take action as an advocate for healthy relationships. I stand against any form of relationship abuse, and amplify the voices of those who have been silenced.
- I will actively work against oppression and commit to being part of the change needed to create a community that is safe and just for every person.
Together we make a stand!
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|2||Dereleen James||Johannesburg, Gauteng||South Africa||Nov 09, 2020|
|1||Jonathan Benjamin||Johannesburg, Gauteng||South Africa||Aug 15, 2020|
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This document serves to encapsulate the why, what and how of this movement. It brings to life what we do, our inter-dependencies on various role-players and the critical success factors we hope to achieve over the short, medium and long-term.
Partners of the BlackDoekMovementSA
BlackDoekMovementSA wishes to thank our partners for their support and high level of commitment to ending Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.