Violence against women needs action

2017-09-07 06:00

WE are reading of some high-profile cases of violence against women and young girls. These reports and the subsequent public uproar have increased public attention with regards to issues of violence against women.

Correctly, organisations and civil society are making calls that more needs to be done to address gender-based violence in South Africa.

The pervasive and intractable nature of violence against women needs immediate strong action from all sectors of the community and government.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights affirm and reinforce the rights of all who live in South Africa, including women. Unfortunately, these rights do not necessarily translate into lived realities in the lives of women who still face systemic forms of exploitation.

In order to address gender-based violence like prejudice, discrimination, femicide and all other forms of gender unfairness, intimidation and physical assault like rape, the time is now to impress upon all those in charge of legislation, policing, justice, education and the different religious sectors, to be more involved in efforts to address violence against women and girls.

The immense damage produced by violence against women and girls, and the urgent need to act against one of the most widespread human-rights violations cannot be over-emphasised.

Let us all join hands in fighting tirelessly this scourge of women abuse and help in nation-building.

MOHAMED SAEED

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