Int Women’s Day should serve as reminder of GBV, inequality: activists
Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children Bernadine Bachar said equality for women remains a far cry.
CAPE TOWN - Monday marks International Women's Day.
In South Africa, many women, however, not only have to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also domestic violence, rape and femicide.
Women's rights activists say the day served as a stark reminder of the injustices women face.
Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children, Bernadine Bachar, said equality for women remained a far cry.
“We're very much, as women, labouring under a patriarchal system in South Africa, and gender equality is still something that we're working towards.”
Considering the alarmingly high rates of gender-based violence in the country, Bachar said the scourge needed to be fought head-on and believed reforming the criminal justice system was one way of doing so.
“We've gone quite far with the so-called GBV bill, but there's much work still to be done. We still need to be looking at the Victim Support Services Bill.”
She adds bill in its current form is flawed and highly equitable.
GBV activist and survivor Chalmane Kruger agreed and is determined to continue to fight for the dignity and rights of the fairer sex.
“Women don't feel worthy anymore, because of the fact that they need to fear for their lives.”