Know your rights on gender-based violence

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By: 
More Matshediso

Cabinet has called on South African citizens to educate one another on the rights of women and children, and on the various recourse mechanisms that exist to help victims of violence.

On Thursday, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane briefed media in Cape Town on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting that was held on Wednesday.

She said Cabinet had encouraged South Africans to actively join advocacy and awareness-raising programmes in their respective communities and sectors.

Cabinet has once more condemned sexual abuse of women and children, irrespective of the alleged perpetrators’ societal positions.

Cabinet has also encouraged victims to report heinous crimes to law-enforcement authorities, who must investigate allegations of gender-based-violence and act firmly within the ambit of the law to ensure that justice is served.

This comes ahead of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Cabinet has approved this year’s theme for the campaign, “Count me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a United Nations (UN) campaign, which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

National Disability Rights

Cabinet has also called on all South Africans to support National Disability Rights Awareness Month, which kicks off tomorrow and concludes on 3 December. It also coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Minister encouraged South Africans to raise awareness and protect the rights of people with disabilities, while recognising the gains that have been made to address challenges faced by people with disabilities.- SAnews.gov.za