Earthlife Africa kick-starts 16 Days of Activism with anti-nuke protest

Press Release: Earthlife Africa kick-starts 16 Days of Activism with anti-nuke protest
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg
Date: 24th November 2015

The 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and marks the opening of 16 Days of Activism for 2015. 16 Days of Activism is an international awareness raising campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children, which has been celebrated in South Africa since 1998.

To kick off the 16 Days of Activism campaign in South Africa, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and around 100 women from its community partner organisations are heading to the Department of Energy in Pretoria. The women demand to know why the Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat -Pettersson, a woman, is playing a leading role in South Africa’s most expensive and unconstitutional procurement to date- that of nuclear energy.

The women wish to express to the Minister, that they as the primary managers of electricity in the household, will be the most affected by this senseless procurement. Electricity is crucial to building a healthy home, and nuclear power will simply make electricity unaffordable for the majority of South African women. South Africa’s unrelenting ambition to procure nuclear energy amounts to nothing less than violence against women and children.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will protest at the Department of Energy located at 192 Visagie Street from 10 am to 1 pm on the 26th of November 2015.

According to Makoma Lekalakala, Senior Programmes Officer at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg: “Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has taken legal action against the Minister of Energy for her unlawful involvement in the nuclear procurement programme. Women from community organisations support that action. During this important week of activism for the rights of women and children, we need to consider the legacy that nuclear power will leave for future generations. A legacy of debt and dangerous radioactive waste”.
In solidarity with other campaigns running internationally under the banner of 16 Days of Activism the women will wear white ribbons. The women especially remember the women from Fukushima in Japan, who due to nuclear fallout, have lost their family homes and sense of community. An event, which according to Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s Programme Officer, Lerato Maragele “should never be allowed to happen again, especially when there are safer and cheaper renewable sources of energy available”.

For more information, please contact:

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Programme Officer
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 82 682 9177

Lerato Maragele
Programme Officer
Tel: + 27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 72 157 2155

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