DEPT OF WOMEN JOINS CALL FOR END TO GBV AS SOUTH AFRICA MARKS THE START OF WOMEN’S MONTH

PRETORIA– As South Africa marked the start of Women’s Month on Wednesday, the Department of Women joined thousands of activists from across the country in a call to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The Department of Women has declared Aug 1, 2018 as the Day of Mourning for victims of Gender Based Violence. The Day of Mourning campaign is symbolically designated to emphasise that GBV is a human rights violation.

The campaign seeks to acknowledge and highlight violent masculinities, harmful traditions and practices which help to normalise gender-based violence and impunity of perpetrators.

To mark the start of Women’s Month, we call on all South Africans to join the national moment of silence during lunch time. We urge both men and women to wear black clothes and form a human chain on the streets in front of their offices, homes or social places to remember women and children who are victims of violence, said the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini.

Dlamini, who supports the campaigns, programmes and marches aimed at fighting GBV, called on everybody to join the campaign to end the scourge of violence in society.

Gender-based violence affects us all and it continues to be the responsibility of all people to bring an end to this gross human rights violation. We encourage all community members, business sectors, government officials to use the Day of Mourning and Women’s Month campaign to raise the call for an end to gender-based violence, and to advocate for the full realisation of human rights and achievements of gender equality, Dlamini said.

South Africa is celebrating Women’s Month in August to commemorate the successes and achievements of women.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK