16 Days - New National Plan Needed to Fight Gender-based Violence

25 November 2013    


As we mark the start of the UN's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the IFP calls on Government to consider introducing a non-formal education curriculum at schools, aimed at ending violence against women and girls, as part of a new national plan to tackle the alarming levels of gender-based violence in South Africa.


IFP Spokesperson on Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Ms Liezl van der Merwe, MP, said "On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child this year, UN Women launched "Voices against Violence", a new non-formal education curriculum putting young people at the heart of prevention efforts on ending violence against women and girls. We must follow suit."


The IFP believes gender equality must be instilled at school level, and children must be taught the values that would reject gender-based violence.


"Schools play a key role in shaping the values and attitudes of our young people and they should take the lead in ending gender-based violence and bullying. Action to challenge stereotyping needs to be a key component of the whole school curriculum and schools must be at the forefront of promoting gender equality."


Furthermore, the IFP is of the opinion that in order to address South Africa's national crisis of gender-based violence, the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities must champion the roll-out of a new comprehensive strategy with specific goals and objectives aimed at reducing the high rate of women and children abuse.


"Without a clear national plan of action, we are ill-equipped to stop this evil," said van der Merwe, while adding, "In order for our communities to ensure the safety and security of our women and children, we must provide better support structures to parents. We must train far more social workers and we must encourage greater community involvement in the fight against crime. Moreover, our government must urgently allocate resources to the National Council Against Gender-Based Violence, which is yet to have any impact."


In conclusion, Van der Merwe added that the IFP remained resolutely committed to eliminating the pervasive violence and abuse committed against our most vulnerable citizens.


Issued by:

Ms Liezl van der Merwe, MP 

IFP Spokesperson on Women, Children and People with Disabilities


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