Speak up! Dawn Thandeka King uses her voice to combat GBV

Dawn Thandeka King

South African actress, musician and motivational speaker Dawn Thandeka King’s heart is breaking over the rise in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases in our beloved country.

16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children in Mzansi is currently taking place, 25 November to 10 December and Dawn is using her voice to create awareness and change.


Taking to her social media page, Dawn shared a snap of a 16 Days of Activism poster made by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

The poster speaks about accountability and how it is key in ending the GBV epidemic in Mzansi. Abusers should be called out on their actions and societal consequences should be faced.

Accompanying the poster with a touching caption, The Diep City actress pledged her support as standing in the wings is just not an option for this caring and outspoken celeb.

“With so many women [and] children making up so many of the amazing talents we love [and] celebrate on the Arts, Sports [and] Culture spaces, we stand fully behind #16DaysOfActivism campaign #EnoughIsEnough #Golekane #Kwanele #Silapha #WeAreHere,” said Dawn.


Speaking to Daily Sun, Dawn made it known that there is no length she will not go to to protect the women and children of Mzansi. GBV is at a peak and something needs to be done.

“When you protect children and women, you protect the talent they possess. There’s a lot of talent in art, sport and culture in women and children. If you destroy these people, you are destroying the arts industry. We should say enough is enough.”

Dawn Thandeka King

Dawn went on to explain how standing in the shadows only makes the problem of GBV worse. People need to stand up and speak out, no matter how tough or frightening it might be.

“Being silent about abuse creates mental illness. And it gives power to the abuser to do it over and over again. Women and children are scared because their abusers threaten them. Some are scared because they don’t know if they will get support, should they report it. Let us work together and protect those who can’t protect themselves.”

Dawn Thandeka King

-The South African Times

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