Sonke Gender Justice, together with faith organisations that include the South African Council of Churches have launched  a 100 Day Campaign of “Men of Faith against Gender-Based Violence“.

Reverend Bafana Khumalo – from Sonke Gender Justice says as Sunday is Father’s Day, they call on men of faith to examine their role as fathers, brothers, uncles, husbands and partners.

“We all need to remember as fathers that the honour of being celebrated is earned by being a good father. A good father to our children, good father in our families. A good father who stands for no violence against women and children. Good fathers who actually take responsibility for their actions. Good fathers who are willing to be held accountable for their actions. Good fathers who support all efforts to bring peace in our homes.”

In the video below, “Men of Faith against Gender-Based Violence” 100 Day Campaign launched: 

Spike in gender-based violence since the lockdown began

Many social issues have come under the spotlight as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) national lockdown, and domestic violence is one that continues to impact thousands of South Africans who are confined to their homes.

The spike in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) since the start of the lockdown has sent shockwaves across the country. In the first week alone, the South African Police Service (SAPS) recorded 2300 complaints of GBV.

However, many remain unreported. The latest statistics are yet to be released.

President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for an end to the culture of silence

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to end the culture of silence around GBV and report perpetrators to the South African Police Service (SAPS).
This comes, as the body of a young woman was found dumped under a tree in Dobsonville, Soweto, on Friday.
“We note with disgust that at a time when the country is facing the gravest of threats from the pandemic, violent men are taking advantage of the eased restrictions on movement to attack women and children,” says President Ramaphosa.
 “As we still struggle to come to terms with the brutality inflicted on Tshegofatso Pule, Naledi Phangindawo, Nompumelelo Tshaka and other women in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, whose bodies were found dumped this week, another woman has lost her life.”

The President is deploying Ministers and Deputy Ministers to meet with community leaders in all districts around the country as part of national efforts to combat COVID-19.

During these visits, they will be engaging with communities on this upsurge in gender-based violence so that everyone can work together to prevent the killing of women.