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16 Days of Activism #PaintShowTell

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign which starts on  25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December: International Human Rights Day.

The campaign is not exclusive to us, here at L’Abrie de Dieu. It is a worldwide initiative to bring awareness of the on-going domestic crisis of abuse against women and children. This year our slogan for the campaign is: Paint. Show. Tell.

How do you #PaintShowTell?

  1. Choose a bright coloured nail varnish – any colour.
  2. Paint your forefinger.
  3. Make your donation (EFT works the best for us, and remember we are an NPO, so we’ll say thank you by sending you a tax deduction certificate).
  4. Show it to everyone, even those in the supermarket who look at your hands funny. And don’t forget to show it to us by posting it on our FB page!
  5. Tell everyone on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram by taking a photo and using the #PaintShowTell and tagging @SafeHouseStellenbosch.
  6. Tell even more people by sharing our #PaintShowTell Campaign videos across your social media profiles.


For 16 Days we are going to ask all our friends of the Safe House and their friends and their friends and their friends (you get the picture?) to support the work we do by painting a single fingernail (the pointing finger seems most appropriate, don’t you think?) a colour of their choice and make a R100 donation to us.


polished man sydneyPeople will be asked to keep the polished nail for the duration of 16-day period to show that they are supporting the campaign and will encourage others to do the same thus creating greater awareness. The campaign is inspired by Elliot Costello’s campaign, Polished Man. Read more about it here


The idea is that when you are asked about your brightly coloured painted nail, you have the opportunity to say that you are pledging your support for the 16 Days of Activism campaign with a physical reminder as well as your donation. Thus our hashtag: #PaintShowTell.

Success Story

There are some chilling statistics detailing the extent of abuse against women and children in South Africa:

  • (51.2%) have experienced some form of abuse (emotional, physical or sexual) in their lifetime.
  • In a research study, 28% of men reported having perpetrated rape and three quarters of men who rape, do it for the first time before the age of 20.
  • Globally, as many as 38% of all murders of which women are the victims, are committed by intimate partners.
  • More than a third of girls have experienced sexual violence before the age of 18.

These numbers won’t mean anything to you until you put a face to one of those statistics: a colleague, friend, sister…mother. These are the women we serve by offering them, first and foremost, a temporary shelter.

Although our work pertains to women and children, we stand by the fact that there is no excuse for abuse, regardless of a person’s gender.

Our flow of women and their children who come to us for help is constant and we desperately need a steady stream of funding. Your pledge will make a difference, and it’s easy to do:

Our banking details for your convenience: L’Abrie de Dieu, ABSA, Account no. 4069604712, Stellenbosch, branch no. 632005.




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