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16 Days of Activism

Nov 30, 2010 — Categories: ,

I awoke to bright sun and cool breeze in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s summer here. Everything is in bloom in this semi-tropical part of the world. This is good news to an already light-deprived northwesterner who left winter and snow behind in the States. I am here as a guest of the South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI). I am also here as a speaker and specialist sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Marie Fortune is now in South Africa for the launch of SAFFI, the South African Faith and Family Institute.

I awoke to bright sun and cool breeze in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s summer here. Everything is in bloom in this semi-tropical part of the world. This is good news to an already light-deprived northwesterner who left winter and snow behind in the States. I am here as a guest of the South African Faith and

Dr. Alberta Mayberry, Elizabeth Petersen, Marie Fortune
Family Institute (SAFFI). I am also here as a speaker and specialist sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

So I will be blogging the next two weeks from South Africa and about this marvelous teaching and learning experience.

Yesterday I visited St. Anne’s Homes. They have been providing shelter, rehabilitation, and empowerment for pregnant, abused and homeless women and children since 1904 when it was founded by Anglican Sisters. St. Anne’s is a thriving community of women and children where SAFFI Launch St Anne'sthey find safety and support, health and wholeness. It is but one of seven shelters in Cape Town.

Domestic violence is a huge problem here—but the government is fully engaged in addressing this issue. I am here in Cape Town during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (November 25–December 10). This is an annual campaign sponsored by the government to raise awareness, support NGOs, and address legislative issues. It is an impressive campaign.

My question, as usual, is what are faith communities doing to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? I expect to find some unexpected answers.

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
FaithTrust Institute
www.faithtrustinstitute.org

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