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The Women's Hope Education and Training (Wheat) Trust yesterday hosted the first 1000 Women United Against Domestic Violence and Poverty seminar in Gauteng.
Since 2002 the campaign has brought together women from different backgrounds for discussions on alleviating poverty and gender-based violence.
"Through our own communication with impoverished communities we have discovered that making women financially independent is the most valuable support we can offer them.
"Once women become financially independent this often leads to breaking the cycle of abuse," said chairman of Wheat, Beryl Kerr.
"We are committed to the empowerment of women at a grassroots level. We focus on women with little or no education," said Wheat director Nomvuyo Dayile.
Gender researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission, Adila Hargey, highlighted developments in law that support gender equality and protect the rights of women and children.
"Social change requires more than laws and legislation. It requires a change in mentality and gender roles in our society," said Hargey.