‘Plight of abused women must be highlighted all year’

Tomorrow SA commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings.

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CAPE TOWN - The Saartjie Baartman centre for Women and Children says the plight of abused women must be further highlighted and this should be done throughout the year.

Tomorrow South Africa commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1956 women's march to the Union Buildings. But the centre says women remain among the vulnerable in society.

According to the centre, at least three women are killed in South Africa every day by their partners, while a woman is raped every 17 seconds.

The centre's director Shaheema McLeod says despite advancements made in terms of women's rights in South Africa, women are extremely vulnerable.

"We see scenarios where every woman in South Africa is at risk. We see statistics that 40% of South African men have admitted to hitting their partner."

McLeod says the centre is inundated with new cases of domestic violence each day, having to turn away or refer at least 30 women to other centres each week.