Lending a hand to the Handbag Project
05 August 2013
Posted by: SAIT Technical
"After my rape, I felt so dirty.
But it’s not just that you have dirt or blood on you, it’s a whole new, deeper
level of dirty. You have their smell on you, their sweat. You are desperate to
scrub it off.” Jes Foord
South Africa suffers
one of the highest incidences of rape of any country and although our tax
contributions do help improve and increase policing; the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT), as a representative of the tax community
believes more needs to be done.
SAIT chose to use the
attention that is focused on woman and their rights during the lead up to
Woman’s Day to make a real difference to rape survivors on a personal level;
and has partnered with the Jes Foord Foundation in support of the Handbag
During 2012 the Jes Foord
foundation helped 2000 rape survivors reclaim their bodies and their lives by
distributing handbags filled with personal supplies to police stations around
the country. After being raped, the act of cleansing is a crucial first step in
reclaiming their bodies, and often the first thing a survivor will say after
reporting a rape is that she needs to bathe to feel clean.
This Women’s Day, SAIT has
enlisted the support of the tax industry to collect 1000 filled handbags filled
with a list of essentials to help women when they are feeling at their most
vulnerable. The Institute delivered 200 hand-made invitations to South Africa’s
leading auditing Companies, inviting the staff to donate their - or their wife’s
- handbag towards Jes Foord’s Handbag Project and contribute towards the
Foundation’s goal of collecting 10 000 handbags during 2013.
"The response so far has been overwhelming”, says Yanic Smit, Marketing
Manager of SAIT. "We are very proud of the way the companies which we work so
closely with have added their tremendous support to this very important cause. We are looking forward to
passing the donated handbags over to Jes Foord and her Foundation this Women’s