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The fight against Gender Based violence intensified

Emmaculate Cindi

Over the years, skewed power relations have contributed immensely to the increase in statistic of violence against women and children. Women have often been accused of inviting violence by seducing their male counterparts in the way they dress; which includes miniskirts and more revealing dresses which feels comfortable to them but is seen as offensive to most males.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign takes place from 25 November to 10 December and is set aside to raise awareness against the negative impact of violence on women and children. The theme “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non Violent South Africa Forward” will be used to convene a series of dialogues amongst communities as part of an awareness drive.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Limpopo Premier during the launch of 16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children in Zamenkomste, MEC for Transport and Community Safety Makoma Makhurupetja said, “Our society cannot afford to raise children who are psychologically tormented because of domestic violence. Our society cannot afford to raise children without mothers and fathers, without brothers and sisters and without grandparents simply because of domestic violence”.

Recent indications of unfavorable statistics in the province regarding sexual assault, rape and murder, are an indication that awareness needs to be intensified to educate and prevent communities from violence against the most vulnerable groups of the disabled, women and children.

Social media networks has played a significant role in exposing culprits behind the abuse of women and children. Armed with tangible proof of their improprieties as obtained from their social media accounts, the law enforcement authorities have been able to arrest and successfully prosecuted perpetrators.

“We also want the active participation of communities in preventing the occurrences of these cases because the police alone cannot occupy every square meter of this province. As government we are committed to strengthen partnerships and collaboration with organisations such as Munna Ndi Nnyi, NGOs, Faith Based Organizations, Traditional Leadership and Healers as well as the Business Sector”. Said the MEC

There are sixteen SAPS units called Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences which deals with crimes that are prevalent amongst vulnerable groups. Eighty one police stations across the province are fitted with victim empowerment rooms to help victims of gender based violence. Communities are urged to utilize these facilities.