10 October 2020
DURBAN – Following the recent spate of murders targeting women and children across South Africa, the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, and Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane have embarked on an outreach programme focusing on the scourge of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
On the two-day programme, the ministers will be joined by the MEC of Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal Nonhlanhla Khoza and will target areas identified as hotspots of GBVF.
“These areas include Umlazi, Empangeni, Inanda, KwaMashu, Ntuzuma and Osizweni.
The scourge of gender-based violence has increased drastically in South Africa and has given rise to a significant public outcry for government to take decisive measures to end it in all its forms,” said spokesperson for the department of social development Lumka Oliphant.
” The outreach will include visits to families of recent victims of violence against women and girls, community engagements and dialogues with the interfaith sector to discuss cultural/religious harmful practices, the subjugation of women and girls and to also talk to supposed “social norms and attitudes” in various communities that sanction violence.”
The outreach forms part of this year’s social development programme which is commemorated under the theme: “Strengthening our response to recovery through DSD services”.
This outreach is also key to the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (2019 to 2024).
“The outreach programme will culminate into the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child on Sunday 11 October 2020,” said Oliphant.
To mark this day, the ministers and the MEC will conduct an intergenerational dialogue with 50 girls from local communities. The dialogue will also focus on the challenges faced by young girls, promote girl empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
The outreach will happen on Saturday and Sunday at KwaZulu-Natal areas including Phoenix, Inanda, and Mayville.