Parliament’s presiding officers join others in call for urgent action against GBV and femicide

Parliament’s presiding officers, led by National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Amos Masondo, have added their voices to mounting public outrage over ongoing gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide incidents around the country. “Bold and resolute action, rather than outrage, however, is what our nation needs[…]

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Need for a holistic approach to combat violence: expert

Although the increased focus on violence against women and children by government and civil society is laudable, it is insufficient if there is to be any hope of changing South Africa’s social environment. Lucy Jamieson, a senior researcher at UCT’s Children’s Institute, said there’s a problematic societal acceptance of violence[…]

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Has 16 Days of Activism helped?

At times, it feels like the war against gender-based violence simply won’t end. Police stats show more women are reporting incidents. It appears the country is not a safe place for women. READ: ‘Women have no fault in this’: Ramaphosa speaks on GBV As the 16 Days of Activism campaign begins, here are some of[…]

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Public servants to march against gender-based violence

Scores of public servants will on Friday take part in a march to recommit themselves to a pledge and stand firm against gender-based violence in the country. They will converge on Church Square before marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The action seeks to reinforce calls for all sectors[…]

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Ramaphosa’s 5-point emergency plan to tackle gender-based violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced a five-point emergency plan to put a halt to gender-based violence during an extraordinary joint sitting of Parliament. The five points are prevention, strengthening the criminal justice system, enhancing the legal and policy framework, ensuring adequate care, support and healing for victims of violence[…]

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Cape MSA calls for Muslim response to G-BV

The Muslim Students Association’s (MSA) Cape chapter has come out in support of victims of femicide and sexual assault. Speaking to VOC, vice chairperson of the MSA’s Cape chapter, Safiyyah Hattas called on Muslims to acknowledge and speak out against perpetrators of women and child abuse within Islamic communities. This[…]

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