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 kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL. 

"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. 


Issued by:
IFP Women's National Chairperson,
5trgfdcv yhgtfvdc sZMrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015

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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675