‘Do not look the opposite means’ – ministers launch 16 Days of Activism marketing campaign

  • This yr’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Towards Girls and Youngsters marketing campaign was launched on Tuesday.
  • The theme is “Girls’s Financial Justice for a Non-Violent and Non-Sexist South Africa”.
  • The main focus is on the significance of girls’s financial empowerment as an integral part of efforts to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide.

“Can we please not look the opposite means…” 

These phrases by Minister within the Presidency for Girls, Youth and Individuals with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, embodied the sentiment on the launch of this yr’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Towards Girls and Youngsters marketing campaign by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Gender-Based mostly Violence and Femicide (GBVF) on Tuesday. 

It’s a United Nations marketing campaign which takes place yearly from 25 November (Worldwide Day of No Violence in opposition to Girls) to 10 December (Worldwide Human Rights Day). The launch of 16 Days of Activism takes place throughout Incapacity Rights Consciousness Month.

The theme this yr is “Girls’s Financial Justice for a Non-Violent and Non-Sexist South Africa”.

On Tuesday, Nkoana-Mashabane stated as South Africa continued to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation was additionally confronted with a second pandemic of gender-based violence and femicide.


Fixed concern

“Our girls and youngsters proceed to stay in a relentless state of concern. Our focus with 16 Days of No Violence in opposition to Girls and Youngsters Marketing campaign needs to be to proceed our efforts of ending all types of violence,” Nkoana-Mashabane stated. 

She stated via this yr’s theme, the main focus was on the significance of girls’s financial empowerment as an integral part of efforts to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide and construct a non-sexist South Africa.

“Due to this fact the marketing campaign can be aligned to Pillar 2 and 5 of the Nationwide Strategic Plan (NSP), specializing in prevention and rebuilding social cohesion and on constructing lady’s financial energy. We may also spotlight the importance of all six pillars below the broader 365 Days Behaviour Change Marketing campaign.”

This NSP has six pillars ,that are: accountability, management and coordination; prevention and Restoration of social cloth; safety, security and justice; response, care, help and therapeutic; financial empowerment; and analysis and data techniques.

“Whereas we recognize all interventions, I consider that prevention stays the important thing ingredient in turning the tide in opposition to gender-based violence and femicide. We should eradicate the abuse and killing of girls and youngsters,” Nkoana-Mashabane stated. 

Counted as equal residents

“The theme additionally highlights the function of girls on the earth of labor, entry to alternatives, unfair remedy, and counted as an equal citizen even at male-dominated sectors. It additionally hyperlinks to girls’s skill to go away abusive relationships which they endure attributable to financial dependency. 

“With regard to motion taken in direction of girls’s financial energy, we be aware with appreciation that a number of actions have been taken in direction of constructing girls’s financial energy. 

“South Africa is within the means of ratifying the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO) C190 which establishes a worldwide customary for the safety of girls on the earth of labor. The purpose is to make sure secure workplaces which are freed from violence in opposition to girls. This work additionally goals to galvanise nationwide management for gender equality and addressing gender-based violence and femicide within the office on the highest ranges of decision-making.”

She stated South Africa made a dedication to earmark 40% preferential procurement to women-owned companies nationally.

“Girls can be capacitated on enterprise registration and compliance, procurement and regulatory provisions, monetary literacy, advertising instruments and entry to markets and entry to finance and alternatives.”

A coaching handbook is being developed on this regard.

Name to motion to the nation

“Having skilled the persistence horrific nature and the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide within the nation, I’m calling upon the nation to recommit to programmatic intervention to: to restore the social cloth of our nation by eradicating ills and construct a society the place morality takes prevalence; recommit to efforts of constructing communities grounded on optimistic values and re-dedicate to constructing a caring society in pursuit of making, equality lasting and prosperity within the nation – these values contain respect for human life and primary honesty in the way in which individuals and officers act in communion with each other and the authorities; construct women and men who perceive the true which means of phrases resembling honesty and integrity, and who’ve respect for the rights of others; foster higher non secular tolerance and cooperation for ethical renewal; set up a brand new society, the place women and men will get pleasure from equal rights and enhance the elimination of the system that exploits girls to realize financial justice; construct a society the place the final word aim is to create a chance for every particular person to ascertain a adequate materials basis upon which to have a dignified, productive, and artistic life.”

On Wednesday, the primary exercise of the day would be the elevating of the South African flag to half-mast on the Union Buildings and throughout the nation to indicate the 5 Days of Remembrance of the family members and residents who misplaced their lives via gender-based violence and femicide and Covid-19, she stated. It will begin at 06:00.

As well as, President Cyril Ramaphosa will maintain a digital dialogue with South Africans to have interaction on gender-based violence and femicide from 17:00 to 19:30.

READ | Now we have an extended strategy to go to eradicate gender-based violence – Ramaphosa forward of 16 Days of Activism

“To be able to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide, we’d like society and authorities to work collectively to interrupt the silence, report abuse and for males and boys to be companions as we work for a society free from gender-based violence and femicide,” Nkoana-Mashabane stated.

Majority of girls raped the place they’re meant to be secure

On the launch, Police Minister Bheki Cele stated whereas the second quarter of nationwide crime statistics confirmed a lower of 16.8% in sexual offences, greater than 8 000 rape circumstances have been reported to the police in these three months alone.

“Most of the rapes happen in public locations resembling parks, seashores, parking areas and open fields, which implies girls usually are not secure. Worryingly, additionally they occur at instructional establishments, workplaces and church buildings,” Cele stated.

“Worryingly, nearly all of girls have been raped of their properties or on the properties of perpetrators. The bulk are raped the place they’re presupposed to be secure.

“We’re calling on members of the police to not ship girls to barter with males once they come to report circumstances of violence in opposition to them. Arrest that particular person.”

He stated because the relaunch of the Household Violence, Youngster Safety and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, 5 534 offenders have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Between July and Sept, 94 individuals have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

“We’re placing extra assets into the Household Violence, Youngster Safety and Sexual Offences unit as a part of our efforts to enhance their work. We’re coaching extra individuals.”

The NSP on GBVF was accredited by Cupboard in March and introduced to Ramaphosa. The IMC consists of the ministers of justice and correctional companies, social improvement, police, and public service and administration in addition to Nationwide Treasury.

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