Shocking Statistics on Gender Based Violence Cases

April 4, 2020


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Shocking Statistics on Gender Based Violence Cases

For immediate release

The rise of reported cases of gender based violence to 87000 during the first week of the 21-Day Lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infections, as announced by President Ramaphosa is unacceptable. Member organizations of the Progressive Women‘s Movement of South Africa has expressed anger and disappointment in that the toxic patriarchal mind-set is unstoppable ayinamkhawulo even when the nation is walking in the shadow of a deadly disaster.

The Command Council on the Coronavirus pandemic has called for love, compassion and solidarity as the clarion call by the president is for all of us to stay home, wash hands regular, sanitize and maintain a social distance.

The lockdown is stressful and anxiety provoking and in some instances triggering off serious mental health problems. We appeal to all our men to appreciate the burden of care and share a burden of house chores during these stressful 21 days.

The statistics issued by the minister of police clearly shows that women are exposed to a double sword war. Women are carrying a double burden to fight the spread of the Coronavirus infections and attacks by perpetrators of gender based violence.

The Emergency Action Implementation program of government made significant strides, its impact was felt in all our police stations, the courts, Thuthuzela Centres, the provision of shelters and that machinery produced impact which Women appreciated, a gain which women would not like to lose even during this period when our government is fighting the corona pandemic.

The Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa calls upon all civil society structures, including our men’s forum to condemn these criminal acts, the command council to use its authority to send a clear message that acts of gender based violence are a serious transgression and show the perpetrators that consequences can be severe.

Issued by:
Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize
PWMSA National Convenor

Philile Nina Bongwe
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