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NGOs want more govt initiatives to empower communities to curb women abuse

People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) and the Salvation Army say there’s simply no proper plan that can be monitored to deal with the crisis.

Participant march against gender-based violence in Pretoria on 20 May 2017. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – A number of NGOs say there needs to be a greater government initiative to create free workshops and programmes to educate communities to curb the abuse of women and children.

NGOs, including People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) and the Salvation Army, say there’s simply no proper plan that can be monitored to deal with the crisis.

The NGOs are responding to the recent spate of murders of women in Gauteng.

Powa’s Nhlanhla Mokwena says when there is no plan to deal with domestic violence, there’s an absence of coordination between government, civil societies and the private sector.

Mokwena says if there’s a plan, resources can also be distributed accordingly.

“This indicates to us that we need to empower our boy children together with girl children. We also need to empower their parents.”

At the same time, the Salvation Army’s Carin Holmes says every role player has a duty.

“We trying to make some role models for boys to see that this is how you treat a woman.”

At the weekend, a march was held by the Not in my Name organisation from Church Square to the Union Buildings, calling on men to become active in speaking out against women abuse.