SPAR Proteas Netball Captain

Activist Bongi Msomi at a gathering of learners discussing gender-based violence. Image: Reg Caldecott.

SPAR Proteas netball captain’s strong stand against gender-based violence

Over the past few months, Bongi Msomi, captain of the SPAR Proteas and South Africa’s netball player with the most caps, held several events to talk to young girls about gender-based violence.

SPAR Proteas Netball Captain

Activist Bongi Msomi at a gathering of learners discussing gender-based violence. Image: Reg Caldecott.

Dynamic SPAR Proteas netball captain Bongi Msomi is not only a brilliant leader on the netball court, but a fervent activist against gender-based violence.

Over the past few months, Msomi has been holding events for girls and young women to distribute sanitary towels and create greater awareness of gender-based violence.

With the generous support of SPAR, Msomi has distributed over 12 000 packs of sanitary towels to young women. She said,

“I was privileged I never had to miss school because of my periods, but there are many girls who do,” she explained. “It is critically important for girls to complete their education, and they are more likely to do so if they don’t miss five days of school each month. I am so happy to be involved in a campaign to keep them in school”.

At one of these events, a group of learners from the Pholosho Junior Secondary School as well as netball players from the Kempton Park Netball Club gathered at the Three Square Netball Courts in Alexandra to listen to the SPAR Proteas netball captain.

The hour-and-a-half long event kicked off with a discussion about personal hygiene and the need for access to sanitary towels.

From there, the conversation developed into the reality of gender-based violence in our society and what they could do if they were affected by it, followed by a lively time for questions and answers.

“We have to put a stop to our women being killed and injured. Throughout the country, at all levels of society, women and girls are being abused physically, sexually and mentally. We need everyone who becomes aware of this sort of abuse to report it immediately and to support the victims,” Msomi said.

Bongi Msomi in action on the netball court. Image: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images.

The importance of educating girls and young women to report gender-based violence cannot be over-emphasised. If you are experiencing gender-based violence or know anyone who is, contact TEARS Foundation by dialing their free helpline number *134*7355# – available 24/7.

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