Government Must Intensify Efforts to Curb
Violence Against Women & Children
25 November 2014.
The IFP Women's Brigade calls on government to
employ effective means to fight violence against women and children
as the International 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence
against Women and Children kicks off today.
"We all must do better to protect women and
prevent this pervasive human rights violation. Government and
leaders from all sectors of society must lead by example. Now is the
time for government to translate promises into concrete national
action," said IFP Women's Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni
"There are various mechanisms that can be
employed to combat women violence, including passing of stricter
legislation or improving existing laws, providing free legal aid to
survivors and supporting education programmes that address gender
stereotypes and violence among others initiatives. The struggle for
gender equality in South Africa is a battle that is far from over.
We must intensify our efforts and turn the tide against one of the
most heinous crimes in the world," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
"This is not just a women's issue, this is a
responsibility for all of us - including men and boys. Communities
can be educated through programmes in schools, in religious
institutions, in NGOs and on the sports fields. Every opportunity
must be used to stop this outrage against those who are weak and
vulnerable. Time has run out for complacency, excuses and catchy
slogans that do not work," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
IFP Women's National Chairperson,
5trgfdcv yhgtfvdc sZMrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015
For Media Enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675