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Soror Leah Tutu and husband Desmond To Combat Family Violence in South Africa

Soror Leah Tutu and her husband Desmond celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary with the launch of an anti-domestic violence campaign. The new project is aimed at training at least 20 religious leaders to deal with the issue and to support women in abusive relationships. The program will run from now until April 2013.

Research shows that over 90% of South Africans ascribe to a religious practice and many abused women turn to their faith leaders for help. In many cases though, these leaders are not fully equipped to deal with the issues.

By the end of the training, they hope these leaders will have a greater insight into the root causes of this violence, an understanding of helpful kinds of interventions, and the necessary knowledge to collaborate with gender-based service providers

Soror Leah Tutu is a honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Soror Tutu was born,  Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, in South Africa in 1933. She has four children and seven grandchildren with husband Desmond and is a teacher by profession.

Leah Tutu has traveled extensively and lectured to churches, youth groups, women’s groups, universities and professional associations about various aspects of life in South Africa. From 1976 to 1984, she served as Director of the Domestic Workers and Employers Project of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

We applaud Soror Tutu for her continued service to all mankind.

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