Transform to end violence - commission

2013-11-07 18:41

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Johannesburg - Society needs to transform to fight rising violence against women and children, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Thursday.

Society was struggling to transform from apartheid and it had not yet progressed from a patriarchal society, CGE chair Mfanozelwe Shozi said in Sandton, Johannesburg.

"That is why we are seeing increased violence towards women and children," he told reporters.

CGE CEO Keketso Maemo said violence against women and children topped the commission's agenda.

"Women and children form the most vulnerable part of society and that is why it is the responsibility of all of us to protect them."

This responsibility was more important in view of an increase in brutal rapes and murders of children.

Commissioner Amanda Gouws highlighted the importance of the SA Police Service to work with communities to prevent brutality against women and children.

"Police officers need to be trained adequately in regards to such sensitive issues, so that the community will feel comfortable to work with them to protect women and children in society."

The CGE is a constitutional body that seeks to ensure that gender equality in South Africa is achieved, promoted and protected.

It is granted the power to perform its functions through education, conducting research and reporting issues concerning gender equality in South Africa, among others.

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