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Govt unveils plans to curb violence against women

Government says it has taken a bold step to focus on preventative programmes this Women’s Month that will contribute towards ending violence against women.

Minister of Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini (centre) at a press briefing in Johannesburg. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government has unveiled a number of programmes aimed at curbing the scourge of violence against women in the country.

The initiatives have been launched ahead of Women’s Month, celebrated in August every year.

Minister of Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini says the programmes will also have a sharp focus on the economic empowerment of women.

Government says it has taken a bold step to focus on preventative programmes this Women’s Month that will contribute towards ending violence against women.

Dlamini says the programmes include getting the business community, faith-based organisations and civil society involved.

“On the first of August, we are going to observe or have a day of mourning.”

She says her department is also working with law enforcement agencies to tighten the protection of women.

“On the issue of the protection order, because you die with it and it doesn’t have teeth, it’s one of the areas we have raised.”

This year’s Women’s Month will also celebrate the centenary of apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu and other struggle heroines who fought for women emancipation in the country.

HONOURING VICTIMS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Government says it will kick-start this year’s Women's Month by embarking on marches across the country in honour of victims of gender-based violence.

Dlamini said: “We have agreed with young women that they will march to key areas such as the Department of Justice, Magistrates, the Department of Women [and] Constitutional Court where they will raise the issues, for instance, the protection order.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)