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S Africa commits to doing more to end violence against women

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Lulu Xingwana, the minister responsible for women and children has urged South Africans to do more to reverse the scourge of domestic violence.

Briefing media yesterday, ahead of the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign (see WVoN story) on Thursday, Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Xingwana said her department was concerned about the increase of contact crimes against women and children.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is an international initiative endorsed by the UN and runs until December 10.

This year’s campaign, themed “Don’t Look Away, Act Against Abuse”, will be launched at OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha on Thursday by President Jacob Zuma.

The launch will focus on the effects alcohol abuse and drugs have had on abuse against women and children.

Colleen Morna, executive director of Gender Links said there was a need to develop more preventative rather than reactive strategies to combating abuse against women and children.

She said the country also needed to set up a structure for addressing gender violence, which would bring together business, civil society and government, similar to the South African National Aids Council (Sanac).

Morna said civil society would be involved with various events during the campaign and emphasised that a big focus would be on women speaking out on violence.

Read the full story on Bua News.

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