As South Africa commemorates 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the public is slowly losing hope in the South African Police Service (SAPS), which is meant to protect them. In the past few months, SAPS has attracted a great deal of undesirable local and international media attention over the alarming rate of occurrences which led to citizens being assaulted, dying and raped by police officers.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has officially kicked off its 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in South Africa.
The public broadcaster is calling upon Men of Honour to take a stand and say no to violence against women and children.
SABC group communications officer, Kaizer Kganyago, says that, “SABC will be utilising all 18 radio stations and four television channels to make sure that they highlight this serious issue.”
Zambia says it is effectively implementing the anti-Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Crusade.
The country’s Gender Minister, Nkandu Luo, says this is through enactment of several gender-related laws as well as formulation of gender-related policies, such as the gender policy and child policy.
Luo has also disclosed that government has revised the gender policy, the child policy and the youth empowerment policy.
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It’s been 107 years since the world began observing International Women’s Day, and yet no country has achieved full gender equality.
Vice president of Girls and Women Strategy at the United Nations Foundation, Daniela Ligiero, points out that, “It’s very sobering to realise that it’s 2016 and we don’t have that yet.”
Ligiero says that in Yemen, women are considered only half a witness in court cases and are forbidden to leave the house without their husbands’ permission. In Tanzania and Lesotho, women cannot inherit land.
Commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women, says their focus in the year ahead will be on preventing gender-based violence before it happens.
Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling for commitments and zero tolerance from the highest levels of leadership that ensure all women have access to justice and are supported by essential services.
The Department of Social Development’s Gender-Based Violence Command Centre seeks to provide support and counselling to victims of gender based violence wherever they are in the country.
The award-winning call-centre, which was launched in March last year, seeks to provide support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence wherever they are in the country.
Commentators say the success of the fight against crime should be rated on the number of cases solved and not merely on occurrence statistics.
Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, recently called for the police to focus on the number of solved cases instead of using the national statistics on occurrences of crimes as their scorecard.
The Institute for Security Studies agreed that the national crime statistics, to be released tomorrow, should not be seen as a measure of police performance.
When fathers play an active and equal role in the household and are a positive presence, it relieves the burden of care on mothers and is associated with a household where violence is less likely to take place.
Research from Norway has found that the incidence of violence against women or children in equitable homes is three times lower than households where fathers dominate.
Combating gender-based violence was a key theme raised by African countries at the March 2015 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. It is clear that this is a serious problem across the continent, as speeches from leaders from South Africa to Egypt demonstrated.