Wednesday Webinars with Pick n Pay


Weekly webinar to empower communities this Women’s Month Pick n Pay, in collaboration with the 1000 Women Trust, has launched Wednesday Webinars during Women’s Month, and is calling on all South Africans – men and women – to join and act against gender-based violence. Each week, well-known personalities – including men who are critical to the conversation – will lead the conversation to create webinars that inspire and educate the audience on how to take action. The webinar series takes the place of the annual 1000 Women 1 Voice initiative, which, for 15 years, has provided a safe space for over 1,000 women to learn, share, and discuss how to support each other. This year’s event was postponed due to lockdown but the driving force behind the event has never been more pertinent. The National Gender-Based Violence Command Centre reported a spike in gender violence-related calls soon after the lockdown was announced, and has received over 76 000 calls during the period. This is compared to the 13 591 calls received during the first three months of the year. This tells a frightening story. “We can’t host our annual 1000 Women 1 Voice event but we need to be shining a bigger and brighter spotlight on gender-based violence so that we can work towards a world where women and children can live a life free of fear and violence,” says Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, transformation director at Pick n Pay. The first webinar on Wednesday, 12 August, will be hosted by Carol Bouwer, a successful businesswoman and television producer who leads with compassion while building platforms to recognise the role women play in South Africa, with the theme of Gender-Based Violence against Women: Stories of Strength. Bouwer urges participation in the conversation. “It is urgent that we all come together to address this scourge with the same vigour we saw at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa has seen an unprecedented rise in abuse of women, and the frequency of it means our voices need more amplification. “We need to demand action immediately when we learn of the demise of yet another child or woman at the hands of these unrepentant perpetrators. We must stand together and be louder in our condemnation of this evil,” says Bouwer. During the 60-minute webinar, Bouwer will be joined by Mayke Huijbregts (Chief of Social Policy and Child Protection: UNICEF South Africa), Tina Thiart (1000 Women Trust Trustee), Mmabatho Ramagoshi (special advisor to the Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disabilities) and Elize Parker, ambassador for the #HearMeToo campaign. The webinar is free to join and tickets can be booked on Quicket. Donations are welcomed and all funds raised will go towards the 1000 Women Trust. Through fundraising efforts – such as the 1000 Women 1 Voice initiative which raises over R 1 million each year – the 1000 Women Trust can mobilize resources to provide women-led organizations with grants and skills development to support, raise awareness, and furnish opportunities for survivors of gender-based violence. The Trust also provides solidarity to women, amplifying the voices of activists, and advocates for change to end GBV and femicide. “The pandemic’s impact on our economy and food insecurity will be with us for some time. Besides our GBV initiatives, such as #HearMeToo and the Trauma Counselling Training Initiative, we have been feeding more than 20,000 people per day at our 45 soup kitchens since the beginning of lockdown. We need support to bolster their feeding campaign and boost efforts to mobilize communities against gender-based violence in our society. We are their voices when they don’t have one,” said Thiart. Pick n Pay will be hosting three Wednesday Webinars during Women’s Month in August: 12 August: Gender-Based Violence against Women: Stories of Strength, hosted by Carol Bouwer, CEO of Carol Bouwer Productions. 19 August: Crucial conversations with men about gender-based violence, hosted by Liezel van der Westhuizen and Bryan Habana. To join a Women Wednesday Webinar, book at Quicket. Connect with some of South Africa’s much-loved sportsmen AB de Villiers, Bryan Habana, and Kermit Erasmus as they focus on promoting the need to change the behavioral norms and beliefs of men and boys. Our sporting heroes will be educating our men on gender-based violence and how to have these crucial conversations with each other and their sons. With a special guest appearance by Jesse Yende from The South Africanist, who will share his vision for the 67 shades of hope campaign, and how it can help you to start the conversation. Join Liezel van der Westhuizen, AB De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Kermit Erasmus, and Jesse Yende as they talk to the boys. 26 August: Diversity and Inclusion and Gender-Based Violence, hosted by Yolanda Miya, Director: Mamo Properties Group.   To join a Women Wednesday Webinar, book at Quicket.    
Trigger warning: please note – the stories can contain sensitive material about sexual and dating violence and may cause physiological and psychological symptoms for people with anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you need help with gender-based violence, contact the GBV command center on 0800 428 428 If you want to share your story, contact us at