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South African Women are Marching  Against Gender Violence With #TotalShutDown Protest

Organizers are demanding a stop to economic activity tomorrow to protest widespread violence against women.

South Africans are on a mission to put a stop to gender-based violence in their country, and one of the many ways they are doing so is by fierce activism and organized protests.

Tomorrow, supporters of the movement towards gender equality will gather in Durban, Pretoria, Eastern Cape and elsewhere around the country for #TotalShutDown, "an intersectional women's march" against all forms of violence and abuse against women. Organizers are pushing for a pause of all economic activity in observance, reports Eyewitness News South Africa.

Flyers, listing marching sites and bus pick-up locations have been circulating online.



The protest serves as a reminder to the dangers of toxic masculinity and the harm it inflicts on women's bodies. "My body not your crime scene," is the movement's rallying cry. According to Eyewitness News South Africa, men have been asked not to attend Wednesday's march, as men are the main perpetrators of sexual violence in South Africa.

Some men are finding other ways to support the cause.

#TotalShutdown is likely to draw a large crowds, as many on social media are expressing their support for its mission and are seeking out ways to get involved.







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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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