MINISTRY OF WOMEN CALLS THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
The 25th of November, marks the beginning of 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.
This year’s theme is “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.
During the Joint Sitting of Parliament, Minister of Women, Susan Shabangu told law-makers that the department will have a series of national dialogues during this period and beyond.
“In the quest to eradicate violence against women and children, the Department will embark on National Dialogues on Violence Against Women and Children that will see it traversing the country, talking to women and men from all spheres of life, starting from Limpopo during the 16 Days Campaign, and rolled-out to other Provinces throughout the year in 2017,” said Shabangu.
She outlined the purpose of these colloquies as an opportunity for citizens to tell their stories and with an aim of more awareness.
“These dialogues will provide a platform to the nation from rural areas to the urban area, professionals to business people, workers, housewives, young people to the old telling their personal stories with regards to the violence they have experienced as victims or survivors at home, work places or institutions created to build the economy of the country and for the economic development of the nation,” she added.
Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) Member of Parliament, Liezl van der Merwe lashed out to the law enforcement for their poor handling of gender violence cases.
“The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) deserves to be named and shamed for only securing convictions for approximately 10% of sexual offences cases, reported in the past two years. Shockingly, in at least one court in the country the conviction rate for sexual offences were less than 1%,” she said.
The African National Congress Women’s League Secretary General Meokgo Matuba, commends the Department of Women on running a successful campaign annually in pursuit of curbing violence on women & children.