Dept of Women weighs in on ‘In Her Shoes’ campaign
The department weighed in on whether DJ Euphonik should be part of Marie Claire's controversial campaign.
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Women has sparked an angry backlash on Twitter, after asking what should happen to women who lay charges and then later withdraw them.
The magazine has been slammed for allowing Euphonik to participate in the initiative, after the DJ was accused of assaulting TV presenter Bonang Matheba in 2012.
The charges against him were later dropped.
While the twitter debate over Marie Claire's selection of men to campaign against women abuse continues, the Department of Women has raised a few questions of its own.
In a series of tweets about the "In Her Shoes" campaign earlier, the department asked 'what should be done with women who press charges and later withdraw them.'
What do you think of Euphonik being part of the "In He Heels" campaign against abuse?— Department of Women (@Dept_of_Women) July 23, 2015
What should be done with women who press charges then later withdraw them?— Department of Women (@Dept_of_Women) July 23, 2015
Some users responded by criticising the question and the department's tone.
One described it as an embarrassment - while another suggested the comments undermined the hard work the ANC has made in fighting for women's rights.
You make it sound like they're criminals. Ask how you can SUPPORT women who experience violence and want to report it. @Dept_of_Women— gnome ann (@accio_cupcake) July 23, 2015
That tweet is in itself problematic and will only discourage further reporting @Dept_of_Women— Jen Thorpe (@Jen_Thorpe) July 23, 2015
The department has confirmed the Twitter account is authentic and is expected to respond soon.