Community members share views about 16 Days of Activism

Community members disagree about the importance of participating in the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign that is being held from 25 November to 10 December 2021.

“We cannot be always frustrated by COVID-19 and GBV (Gender Based Violence) at the same time,” said Catherine Maphalala of extension 3.

“We have had enough of reports about Gender Based Violence in our country,” she said.

 “I think there is need to introduce strict measures against the perpetrators of GBV,” said Aphiwe Dube of extension 20. “We need to get more men involved in helping to fight against GBV. Every year we are losing people as a result of violence against women. We need to see our local authorities doing their best to help communities beat GBV.”

A week before the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, the latest crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) show an increase in rapes, domestic violence and, perhaps most worryingly, in child murders.

In just three months, between July and September 2021, 9,556 people, mostly women, were raped. This is 7% more than in the previous reporting period. Of the nearly 73,000 assault cases reported during this period, more than 13,000 involved domestic violence. The rate of child murders has climbed by nearly a third compared with the previous reporting period.

According to the Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, who was addressing the media on outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, the United Nations campaign will heighten awareness of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in the country.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the global 16 Days campaign.  

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