SANAC condemns the ongoing spate of violence committed against women and children

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To: All media
Issued by: South African National AIDS National Council Trust (SANAC)
Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019

PRETORIA: SANAC joins the country in mourning the loss of yet another young woman, Uyinene Mrwetyana at the hands of a man. Uyinene, together with Leighandre Jegels and Janika Mallo are just some of the many victims of gender-based violence continuing to wreak havoc in the fabric of the South African society. Thousands more suffer daily and this requires a concerted effort, among all of us in our constituencies, to take a firm stand against this social ill and human rights emergency.

Children born and raised in violent homes are also more likely to become violent adults – this situation creates a vicious cycle of violent homes, violent communities and ultimately, a violent society devoid of any sense of protection for those who are most vulnerable.

The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022 (NSP) recognises that, in spite of SA being recognised globally for its positioning and response to human rights, there are still important gaps to close in respect to full implementation of the human rights agenda. Among these is the need to translate key policies into implementation, and to ensure that all people know their rights and where to seek redress when rights are violated.

Goal 4 of the NSP implores us to address social and structural drivers of the epidemic in order to reach our target of ending AIDS by the year 2030 as a broader development issue. The ongoing spate of violence perpetrated against women, children and other vulnerable populations such as sex workers and transgender women calls for accelerated interventions against gender-based violence.

SANAC in collaboration with its various stakeholders inclusive of government, the private sector and civil society, has embarked on a number of interventions against gender-based violence, HIV prevention and the protection of key & vulnerable populations. These include lobbying for the decriminalisation of sex work, community dialogues on gender norms and gender equality, Boys Assemblies and Men’s Parliaments. However, a lot more still remains to be done in order for the country to create a society where everyone feels safe and protected regardless of their gender, sexuality, trade, age or geographical location.

Let us unite to take a firm stand against all forms of violence, especially violence that is perpetrated against women, children and vulnerable populations. Ending GBV and ensuring the safety of women and girls, is achievable and should be a priority for all governments, institutions, communities, societies and individuals.

Kwanele! Enough is Enough!

For more information and/or media interviews, please contact Nelson Dlamini on 078 731 0313 / nelson@sanac.org.za  


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