Calls for public servants to be better trained on gender-based violence issues

Chairperson of the Progressive Women's Movement Hlengiwe Mkhize says public servants need to be more sensitive when dealing with victims of gender-based violence.

FILE: Residents from Lavender Hill, Manenberg and Mitchells Plain march against crime, gangsterism, and gender-based violence. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the country kick starts the 16 days of activism against women campaign, there have been calls for public servants to be trained on how to deal with issues of gender-based violence.

On Saturday, government, Chapter 9 Institutions and civil society groups announced they've partnered to tackle the scourge of women abuse in the country.

The women's ministry is due to launch the 16 days of activism campaign in KwaZulu-Natal today.

Chairperson of the Progressive Women's Movement Hlengiwe Mkhize says public servants need to be more sensitive when dealing with victims of gender-based violence.

“There’s a lot that needs to be done through the justice system to assist to make a breakthrough.”