Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
27 Nov 2021
8:00 am

16 days of activism: It’s now sisters in arms in a fight against GBV

Rorisang Kgosana

Time for ladies in SA to take action for their own safety

Instructor, Tshepi Mmekwa discusses technique during a training session at Wildman in Centurion, 26 November 2021 held by Girls on Fire to help introduce woman to firearms in an attempt to make more woman able to defend themselves against threats.Picture: Neil McCartney

In a small underground shooting range in Centurion were women armed with guns, large red noise-cancelling ear muffs and protective glasses, firing live rounds at targets, learning to protect themselves against gender-based violence (GBV) and crime. As South Africa observed 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children from Thursday, the Girls on Fire campaign officially started its “16 days of action” by training women in arming themselves. Launched in Centurion yesterday, the women were introduced to the laws regulating firearms, different types of handguns and rifles, the differences in ammunition and how to safely control a...