Women’s Month should be used to end gender-based violence – Activists



Activists in the City of Tshwane have challenged the people and the government to step up and use this Women’s Month to put an end to all the gender- based violence against women.

According to the 2019/2020 crime stats released by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, the country had seen an increase of 1.7%.

Cele revealed that South Africa has seen an increase of 706 cases, taking the total from 41 583 to 42 289, while sexual assault cases have also gone up from 7437 to 7749.

They said this was the best time to unite against this ill treatment women and children receive.

An anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said as people will be celebrating Women’s Month, it was also a good time to reflect on gender-based violence.

He said all hands must be on deck to tackle this issue of gender-based violence

“There is no doubt that gender-based violence is on the increase and in my opinion not enough is done to protect our women. The promised laws and the strengthening of laws has surely not taken place because day in and day out we hear more stories of gender-based violence cases being reported.

“At the same time I think it is important for communities and the public to take up the responsibility and play their part”.

“Men must take a stand against this problem as well; far too many men are quiet and far too many men are not raising their voices. I encourage every South African to stand up and ensure that we end gender-based violence.”


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