Campaign to curb gender violence

2019-09-18 06:01

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in the Free State with the Department of Social Development have embarked on an education and advocacy campaign on femicide.

The roll-out followed the launch on 30 August.

The campaign #WhatWomenWant seeks to curb increasing incidents of gender-based violence.

The focus is on Welkom, Odendaalsrus, Virgnia, Bloemfontein and Botshabelo, where incidents of gender-based violence are reportedly rife. Several incidents of femicide cases involving young people were reported in five towns in the Lejweleputswa region: Welkom, Hoopstad, Bothaville, Ventersburg, Virginia and Odendaalsrus.

The educational initiative on femicide, in dialogue form, focuses on issues affecting young women and women with disabilities, implementation of anti-gender-based violence at areas identified as hotspots across the province. Lerato Tlhapuletsa, spokesperson for the department, said the dialogue enable women and men to share ideas to fight gender-based violence.

“The scourge of violence against women and girls persists. There is a need to promote access to gender-based violence awareness amongst young women,” she said.

Tlhapuletsa said they have identified education institutions such as TVET Colleges as primary institutions to educate the public on gender-based violence, information sharing and creating more awareness by engaging students in a dialogue.

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