Gender violence a serious issue

2015-07-21 06:00

The horrendous and brutal attacks against the courageous 14-year-old Grabouw girl, and the 18-year-old matric pupil, Sanet de Lange begs the question, “When will civil society start winning the battle of violence against women?” The ongoing scourge of the abuse of women and children continues unabated!

Have we forgotten the brutal murder of 2-year old baby Zoey Petersen at the hands of her drug-crazed father?

The most vulnerable in our society continues to be violated almost on a daily basis, despite campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, which runs globally from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. I urge civil society to collectively tackle the issue of gender violence seriously, and for government to secure the highest political commitment to end the pandemic expeditiously

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