The first ‘Women For Change Run/Walk’ was initiated as an ad-hoc event and a direct reaction to the dramatic events unfolding in March 2016. Within one week Cape Town was shocked by the brutal murders of several teen girls across the city. As the biggest all-women running initiative in Cape Town, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ had to take a stand to protest the violence against women and children in South Africa.
As women we want to stand united to put an end to violence against women and children.
The first Women For Change event was only set up and published 4 days prior to taking place. A massive public feedback set the course to build momentum for change. Within 4 days more than 2 400 people joined the Facebook Event, whereas more than 3 500 people actually took part in this massive gathering on the 15th of March 2016 in Tokai Forest, Cape Town.
The outcome of the first ‘Women For Change’ Run had a huge impact. Besides massive attendance, the broad public feedback was overwhelming, asking for another event that can accommodate more participants. Therefore we are organizing a larger ‘Women For Change’ Event, to run together to claim back our safety.
It is our duty and a privilege, as the largest all-women running initiative to engage in social matters, especially concerning our women and youth. The continuous attacks are taking place in homes, on the streets, places of education, even being outdoors in nature harbors a potential threat. As women we want to stand united to put an end to violence against women and children.
Together we can create the change we so desperately need
Catch Me If You Can is dedicated to drive awareness for violence against women and children in South Africa. We believe that together we can create the change we so desperately need, and the first Women For Change Run has proven that we are stronger then what holds us down. Therefore we want to celebrate our freedom, bring together people from all communities and stand united for a better future for women, for our children, for all of us.
Let us stand united for a better future for women, for our children, for all of us
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