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Govt Reveals Shocking Stats as 16 Days Ends

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says the continuing violence and abuse of women and children in spite of the 16 Days Campaign is an indictment of the country`s efforts.

Motlanthe revealed shocking statistics on the prevalence of violence against women and children stating that five out of seven children are abused, and 90 percent of women are experiencing emotional and physical abuse.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the campaign in Rustenburg, Motlanthe also highlighted that 71 percent are abused sexually while 58 percent are experiencing economic abuse.

Developing Girls’ Belief in Themselves

The year is about to come to an abrupt end, and with it, a flurry of social justice and human rights activity. Kicking off with Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, and moving into 16 Days of Activism, running from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Women and Children Abuse to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), and in between, December 1, World AIDS Day.

I Never Saw it Coming... Assaulted at the Bree Street Taxi Rank

It was Tuesday evening around 6pm; I left Braamfontein heading for the Bree Taxi rank to catch a taxi home. There are two routes to my home - Wilgeheuwel in Roodepoort, either via Clearwater Mall or Honeydew. If my husband doesn’t come to pick me up, I usually take a taxi to Honeydew from Braamfontein. On this fateful day I had to pass through Bree taxi rank to buy vegetables.

Increase in Sex Crimes Against Boys - Childline

Childline has raised concern over the increase in sexual crimes against boys, as the Ride On! Speak Out! campaign kicked off to raise awareness of child abuse.
 
The organisations’ department head of community awareness and prevention programme and training in Gauteng, Gita Dennen, says that research indicated that more children below the age of 15 are being abused.
 
Dennen states that, “Boys tend to not report abuse which can be the result of the way they are raised to not ask for help,” adding that this could be ‘very’ dangerous.
 

Zambian Govt Concerned About GBV Cases

The Zambian Ministry of Gender and Child Development has expressed sadness at the rising numbers of unreported cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in that country.

The ministry’s Permanent secretary, Edwidge Mutale, argues that despite GBV being the worst violated human right in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, it is disturbing that these cases are not recorded or reported to the relevant authorities because it is exacerbated by households.

GBV on the Increase in Zambia

According to Arthur Mwansa, not a day goes by without a news report of a child being defiled or a woman battered by an angry partner in Zambia.

In his article, Mwansa argues that government, in collaboration with the United Nations, have stepped in to reduce to zero incidences of gender-based violence (GBV).

He is of the view that, while GBV is a term that many individuals are now aware of - actual acts of the vice remain unpunished as communities still face challenges in finding justice for GBV victims.

Incidents of Sexual Offences Unsettling – Xingwana

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says escalating incidents of sexual offences against children and the mentally disturbed demand decisive intervention.

Speaking at a one-day interactive dialogue on sexual violence against children and adolescents in Meadowlands, south-west of Johannesburg, Xingwana stressed the need for a platform for young victims of sexual offences.

Govt to Appeal Sexual Offences Act Finding

The government will urgently appeal a Western Cape High Court finding that 29 sexual offences are not punishable because the Sexual Offences Act does not specify penalties for them.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is quoted as saying that he is aware of two other judgments, in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, where a different conclusion has been reached.

"They said in cases where the law does not prescribe a penalty or sanction, it is up to the judicial officer to use their discretion. We have two divergent views. The higher courts must bring clarity," explains Radebe.

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