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Panel discussion on gender violence and anti-gender violence

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 28, 2017
Panel discussion on gender violence and anti-gender violence

The Raymond Mhlaba Sport Centre in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, was packed with old and young people, who came to contribute to a panel discussion on gender violence this past Friday.

The panel discussion led to dialogues, where various topics were discussed by communities in various groups - facilitated by trained professionals.

This panel discussion was invented for communities to discuss and resolve on strategies to quell gender-based violence.

Government leaders and gender-based violence activists formed part of the panellists.

The social dialogues were launched by the Ministry of Women, in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government at Port Alfred on Monday, as a build-up to the launch of 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The 16 Days of Activism against women and children is observed annually from the 25th of November to the 10th of December 2017.

Eastern Cape Legislature deputy speaker Bulelwa Tunyiswa said that the statistic shows that women spend over 90% of their earnings on health and education as opposed to just 30% - 40 % for men. 

“While there have been numerous strides to advance women over the last 23years of our democratic journey.

“The full potential of our woman is still to be realised we must continue to raise our voices and be heard,” Tunyiswa said.

Mr Petros Majola, director of of khula development project, highlighted that the police need further training in dealing with victims of abuse when taking statement.

The police who take statements from victims at our police stations need to be trained to understand and be able to identify the gaps and must involve social workers when necessary.

He added that a full laboratory is need in the police department.

“We appeal to our government to make means for the province of the Eastern Cape to have a full laboratory in order to speed up cases of sexual violence because once a case has been postponed a clever attorney will say that the case must be put on the role because the NPA is not ready and the perpetrator will be released, leaving the family of the victim crying and complaining about justice in South Africa,” Majola described.