Lack of funds has been identified as one of the challenges that hamper the fight against women and children abuse.

This came out during a Men’s Indaba that was held in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, organised by Correctional Services and the Commission for Gender Equality.

The commission has raised concerns that most of the gender-based offenders go unpunished.

Men representing different organisations in the province gathered at the Nelspruit Defence Force Club to discuss issues related 16 Days of Activism.

Among the speakers who shared their experience and advice are doctors, pastors and other officials.

Commission for Gender Equality says there is lot more that needs to be done to fight against the abuse of women and children.

Commissioner Fundi Nzimande says lack of funds remains one of their major challenges.

“We need to have a budget for the national coordinating council so that it can do its work. I think civil society has indicated that it will assist if this council can be similar to the National Council HIV and AIDS because it has had a serious impact in eliminating and reducing incidence of HIV.”

Corporate Services Manager for Correctional Services Albert Mashaba says they will also pass on the message of no violence against the women and children to the offenders.

“The information that we are going to receive here we are going to take it to our offenders and other officials who were not present, to stop the things that is happening in the communities.”

They also signed a pledge in support of the 16 Days of no Violence Against Women and Children.