ANCWL: Violence against women a challenge

Events are being held around the country and the world to celebrate International Women’s Day.

 The ANC Women’s League raised its concerns on violence against woman as the world marked International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) says despite the progress which South Africa has made, violence against women remains the biggest challenge.

This is as today marks International Women's Day.

A number of events are being held around the country and the world to celebrate woman.

The ANCWL's Angie Motshekga says gender based violence remains a dark cloud in the country.

"There're so many things we want to celebrate, the return of our dignity and of our rights. But this cloud of violence against women is a very sad cloud for South African women because women constantly report that they are in constant fear of being attacked."

Meanwhile, the league says it will stand by Reeva Steenkamp's family until the end.

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial got underway in the Pretoria High Court this week.

The paralympian shot and killed Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria estate on Valentine's Day last year.

The Motshekga says they will continue to support the Steenkamp family.

"We're not prejudging whether Reeva was right or wrong, she's a victim, the mother has lost a child and we'll go there to support her and tell all families of victims of violence that we care."