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#SaveOurVaginas: Women s rights activist sends strong message to MPs and cops

Parliament - The words Hands off our p**s emblazoned on a T-shirt is a rare if not unheard of sight in Parliament, but on Tuesday Lucinda Evans, a local community worker and women s rights activist, took it upon herself to send a message to MPs and police.
Evans, with her bold T-shirt calling for support for a national campaign she embarked on with a group of women called #SaveOurVaginas , was one of several community leaders who made presentations to Parliament s police committee, who also heard from SA Police top management on their anti-gang unit.
Evans, a community policing forum leader and founder of the organisation Philisa Abafazi Bethu (Heal our Women) said gender-based violence (GBV) should take priority , and called on police to include women in decision-making when it came to strategies to curb GBV.
She also called for bail to be denied to all those accused of sexual offences, saying too often women s vaginas were valued at R500 , referring to the bail amount offenders are sometimes granted.
African News Agency/ANA

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