Gender-based violence is an affront to our HUMANITY!
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Provincial communities and stakeholders, including victims directly affected by GBV, have engaged to make sure victims have a voice. They have used;
• Media - (TV, radio and newspapers) as a means of raising awareness about the issue of GBV in South Africa and highlighting how South Africans have ‘had enough’ of GBV.
• Marchers – Protest marches have been held in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng to demand that government implement an NSP GBV.
• Petitions – Petitions have been developed which any South African can sign, which calls for the government to institute an NSP GBV.
Spread the words, spread the song, people need to listen and wake-up and step in.
Violence against women and children is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physicals, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting overall development. Not enough is done to prevent violence, and when it does occur, it often goes unpunished. Women’s right to live free from violence is upheld by international agreements
RURAL CRIMES SURGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Many people are suffering in rural communities, irrespective of race. Recently in KZN, 30 black farmers were killed. Nobody in the media captured this, demonstrating the seriousness of these cases… People are being murdered [on farms] whether they are black, white, coloured or Indian” The latest crime statistics released by SAPS show a sharp increase in farm attacks this year, validating the concerns raised by rural citizens. A series of vicious crimes have turned the media spotlight on the farming community and its struggles to overcome a wave of brutality
“This is a huge crisis, and hence why the DA wants a national debate on farm attacks. These crimes must be declared priority crimes. About 50% of all South Africa’s agricultural exports go to the rest of Africa.
If farm murders continue, we compromise food security on the African continent”