Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African Defence has joined the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms. NosiviweMapisa-Nqakula will this week host a Gender Based Violence and Intimate Femicide Dialogue at the Apostolic Faith Mission in Kwathema, KwaZulu Natal in partnership with almost ten NGOs in the area.
“Only when we lend our ears to those directly and indirectly affected by gender based violence and femicide will we make remarkable progress in the fight against this phenomenon,’ said Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, who is of the view that the starting point in the fight against gender based violence is addressing its root causes.
The dialogue aims to highlight the plight of women and girls in the country and to find best suitable ways to prevent violence against women and girls from even occurring.
Additionally, as the Chairperson of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula hopes this dialogue will further contribute to the security cluster’s efforts in enforcing existing laws that protect women and give additional support to women and families affected by gender based violence.
Last month South Africa held a Presidential Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide declaring the extent of gender-based violence and femicide in the country a “national crisis” and endorsed commitment to a united, comprehensive and effective response to gender-based violence and femicide as a country.
The scourge of the Gender-Based Violence affects all levels of society and women, girls, children gender non- conforming individuals, and people with disabilities are primarily the victims, it impacts profoundly on the lives and well-being of survivors, their families, the wider community and society and reproduces itself.
The summit attracted more than one thousand two hundred delegates of the South African Presidential National Summit Against Gender based Violence (GBV), who are survivors, the government of South Africa and South African society more broadly come from all walks of life, young and old, from urban, rural areas, all provinces, all sexual orientations and gender identities, people with disabilities, migrant women and women living with HIV and all those who experienced GBV.
The summit was primarily an outcome of the mobilisation efforts by women living in South Africa, social movements and civil society. Marches by women under the umbrella of #TheTotalShutdown and the occupation of the Union Buildings on 1 August 2018 demanded a national summit against gender-based violence.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)