SABC News, Western Cape launches Women's Month programme, 3 August 2004

The Western Cape will celebrate Women's Month through events that will focus on the upliftment and empowerment of women. Ebrahim Rasool, the premier of the Western Cape, yesterday launched the provincial programme for Woman's Month. The launch was held at the Site-B clinic in Khayelitsha.

The clinic is the central point for a number of urban renewal projects, one of which is a programme in which older women teach young pregnant mothers child rearing skills. The programme also generates income through the sale of beadwork, which is made on the premises.

On a provincial level the government will focus on speeding up the delivery of services to the community, particularly those benefiting women. The clinic has also recently opened a rape victims centre, which will benefit a community that reports at least 600 rape cases annually. At least 60% of the rape victims in the area are children.

HIV infection often occurs during rape, and the centre will assist victims to cope with the additional trauma. National Women's day on Monday next week will be used to highlight even more issues around the empowerment and upliftment of women in the province.




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