‘The only way to tackle gender-based violence is to change perceptions’

Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says 71 children have been killed in the Western Cape since the start of the year.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato speaks to residents in Manenberg during a campaign against women and child abuse on 2 December 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Manenberg community worker says the only way to tackle gender-based violence is to change perceptions.

The Western Cape Community Safety Department visited Manenberg on Saturday, creating awareness for its 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

It will also be held in other areas, including Hanover Park and Langa.

Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says 71 children have been killed in the Western Cape since the start of the year.

“Many of these cases and incidents are what we call inter-personal violence, perpetrator and victim were known to each other. How must the children begin to trust the men in their lives? So, it’s a huge issue and as the government and leaders it’s important for us to talk about this.”

Shaun Pekeur, who works with NPO, SA Society of Hope, says more work needs to be done to change the mindsets of young people and men when it comes to gender equality.

“We need to work on the mindset of our young people, that they too can be successful. In my work, I deal a lot with people, where we go out and create hope. What people then see is that there is someone that cares and that’s how we change people’s perceptions.”