Zain Bhikha, prominent South African singer/song writer released his latest single, Better Day, in support of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, today.
Better Day is a song that aims to inspire people to act against abuse and create awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children. The Better Day Campaign will run alongside the International 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign from 25 November to 10 December 2011.
As part of the campaign, Zain Bhikha Studios will host ACE (the Art of Creative Expression) workshops and provide performances by Zain Bhikha with the spirit of encouraging and sustaining an improved self esteem amongst the abused women who take part. The ACE workshops, which have been in operation for 15 years, aims to motivate and inspire participants to channel their creativity in healthy ways and in this case, will build their emotional cope skills.
“I’m committed to this cause and aim to assist in preventing the abuse of innocent women and children through Better Day and the ACE workshops, adopting a motto from the song: The reason we fall is to rise,” said Zain Bhikha.
“Our aim is offer tools to enrich the individual’s artistic capabilities, invite inspiration and polish their craft and through this means we hope to help individuals overcome painful experiences. We also publish some of the work on our website; this recognition sends a message of hope and optimism to victims,” he added.
According to People Opposing Woman Abuse (POWA), one in every six women who die in Gauteng is killed by an intimate partner and the Institute of Security Studies out research that showed 90% of (female) respondents experienced physical abuse, 71% had experienced sexual abuse, 58% experienced economic abuse (money taken without consent) and a deplorable percentage of 42.5% of women had experienced all forms of abuse. In 2009, a report by trade union Solidarity showed that one child is raped in South Africa every three minutes, a report by trade union Solidarity.
The government has appealed to society to support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period as it symbolises peace and the commitment to never commit or condone violence against women and children. An appeal has also been made to participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities.
Zain Bhikha will be conducting ACE workshops and performances of Better Day at the following venues:
Bethany Home (Shelter abused women)
Frida Hartley Shelter for destitute women Johannesburg (9:00AM – 1:00PM)
05 December: 12:00pm – 16:00pm
IHATA Shelter (shelter abused women with kids)
Address: Corner 5th and Yusuf St, Welcome Estate, Heideveld, Cape Town
Islamic Care line (counselling services and shelter for abused women) – 09:00am – 13:00pm
Address: JISS centre, corner Battery St and Queens Rd, Mayfair.
POWA (counselling and legal organisation) – Fundraising Show – 17:30pm – 20:00pm
Address: The Glasshouse, Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso St, Newtown and,