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Lending a hand to the Handbag Project

Monday, 05 August 2013   (0 Comments)
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"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 Project

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 Day.”  



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