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Life on Stilettos: Real stories of survivors of gender-based violence

Gender based violence has been making headlines throughout the year in South Africa with men and women vowing to help survivors of gender based violence.

A young woman from the dusty streets of Hammanskraal, Stinkwater in Pretoria Hope Rasekhula wrote a book that has real life stories of survivors of gender based violence. The book titled Life on Stilettos, talks about how violence destroys our society and how we can overcome this crisis.

Real life stories of people who went through heartbreaking and senseless abuse, gives weight to the book because it’s reality and some audiences will be able to relate to the book. What’s more touching than hearing how abuse destroys lives straight from the abused? Nothing.

It educates individuals about the need to know more about gender-based violence, how to help survivors of abuse. In the book, the mention of God is felt.

Rasekhula emphasise the need to include God in our time of crisis, how churches can help in changing the mindset of abusers. “Life on stilettos is a combination of words that speak to a conscious community (men and women, society, government, education, church, and individuals) who are facing and are a part of a community where women have been abused,” said Rasekhula.

“ I mean gender-based violence has been making the headlines in the past few months and that is very concerning. Yes, we are fighting for women, but who is addressing men?”

“So my book is all about real stories of gender-based violence. Women are victims to a society that is rooted in practices of culture and tradition which happen to oppress some in an open space, however, it kills the whole nation,”

“Every system going on in the world needs to be told when it is turning a blind eye to some matters. Women injustice does not only break women, it crushes the whole society,” concluded Rasekhula.

For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. Grab yourself 'Life on Stilettos' , you won’t go wrong with it. The campaign runs every year from 25 November to 10 December.
If you need a copy of the book you can contact Hope Rasekhula at hoperasekhula@gmail.com.

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To God be the glory for what He s doing through you and may He hear us and have mercy and save our land. Amen

To God be the glory for what He s doing through you and may He hear us and have mercy and save our land. Amen

To God be the glory for what He s doing through you and may He hear us and have mercy and save our land. Amen

It's about time that people get such material so that they may relate to what abuse is. Real stories will make people to understand and that God is in control of their lives. I also believe in every situation you may be in,when you called upon God,he will answer. It's a good thing Hope speak people through your book. It's inspirational

It's about time we stop being passive about such matters as if they are not happening in our country,thank you for taking a stand against this matters sister I admire your carriage may the good lord bless

Well done Hope. True. God is the answer to all our troubles. He will give us the wisdom of how best can we master the art of bringing the end to this scourge.

Well done Hope. True. God is the answer to all our troubles. He will give us the wisdom of how best can we master the art of bringing the end to this scourge.

Well done Hope. True. God is the answer to all our troubles. He will give us the wisdom of how best can we master the art of bringing the end to this scourge.

It is encouraging to see young women taking on the fight against gender-based violence. This is a very courageous step in the right direction and I personally support such an initiative. Any form 9f violence needs to be condemned if we are ti have a life of happiness in society.

"Yes, we are fighting for women, but who is addressing men?” Thank you my child 🙏. This is the real challenge we are faced with as the society. Boys also need mentorship from fathers, brothers, uncles, who are realistic, not this motion of " tigers don't cry when the real person is dying inside and a monster emerged instead.

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