'Govt needs help from various sectors of society to protect women, children'

With thousands of women and children being abused in South Africa every day, Women and Children Minister Susan Shabangu says the government needs help.

Women and Children Minister Susan Shabangu (centre) addressing the media during the launch of 'Against Violence Towards Women and Children' campaign in Fourways, Johannesburg. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Women and Children Minister Susan Shabangu says South Africa’s laws alone cannot protect the vulnerable.

Shabangu has joined religious leaders, civil society groups and business representatives at a launch of a national campaign called “Against Violence Towards Women and Children” in Fourways under the banner “Not in My Name”.

The event is being held just a week before the start of Women’s Month.

With thousands of women and children being abused in South Africa every day, Shabangu says the government needs help.

“The success of government will only happen when it’s in partnership with various sectors of society in South Africa.”

Religious leaders have come up with the campaign which aims to change the attitudes of men and boys towards gender-based violence.

Pastor Ray Mccauley of Rhema Bible Church said: “We must not only challenge the social attitude of patriarchy and chauvinism, but also the effectiveness of government and government programmes.”

The government, civil society groups, and businesses have pledged their support to the movement, saying society needs to take more responsibility in ensuring that women and children are safe.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)