Cabinet has reaffirmed the need to prioritise the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for dealing with the second pandemic of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF).
WHY CABINET SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN
Briefing the media on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said Cabinet further noted the progress that has been made on interventions of the NSP that are driven through the following six pillars:
- Extensive legal reform;
- Support for survivors through the provision of evidence toolkits at police stations;
- Psychology and social services;
- The establishment of the GBVF Response Fund which commits both government and the private sector to fund the fight against GBVF;
- Support for Thuthuzela and Khuseleka Care centres, which provide vital services for GBV survivors; and
- The economic empowerment of women.
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WHAT IS GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY?
“Government will continue with consultations with various sectors to mobilise a whole of society approach to dealing with GBVF [gender-based violence and femicide], including localising the NSP using the District Development Model (DDM) approach for implementation at a ward level,”
CABINET APPLAUDS SUCCESS OF GBVF CONFERENCE IN PRETORIA
In this regard, Cabinet applauded the successful co-hosting of the 3rd African Union (AU) Men’s Conference on Positive Masculinity in Leadership to End Violence Against Women and Girls with the Republic of Comoros in Pretoria from 27 to 28 November 2023.
The Men’s Conference provided an opportunity to consolidate the bold efforts that the Heads of State and Government, and other sectors have taken towards ending violence against women and girls on the continent.
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According to SA Govt News, these efforts include accountability for the implementation of the Kinshasa Declaration and the decisions made at the 2023 February Heads of State and Government Conference on negotiating an AU Convention on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.
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