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South Africa: Lead SA One Year Old Stop Rape Campaign to Fight Gender Bases Violence
Source: Issued by: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
Source Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Feb 14, 2014

“We all are cognisant of the role the media plays in shaping societal values and it is important that more media companies continue to use their powerful platforms to promote the unacceptability of all forms of violence, especially gender-based violence.
“In the true spirit of together moving South Africa forward Lead SA through the Stop Rape Campaign has demonstrated that more can be achieved as we join our efforts,” stated Minister Xingwana.
Government remains committed to enhance levels of prevention of violence against women and children. The various awareness campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism, the promotion of the Bill of Responsibility, Vikela Campaign and the re-introduction of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units and the re-establishment of Sexual Offences Courts has ensured that the majority of cases relating to sexual offences receive priority and that justice is meted out.
We have already seen the courts giving harsher sentences to perpetrators of violence against women and children.
Xingwana says that although the various awareness campaigns have led to the breaking of the culture of silence we can never rest until we have completely eliminated gender-based violence in our communities.

For more information please contact the following:

Mr Motalatale Modiba: Media Liaison Officer
Cell: +27 72 515 3022
Tel: +27 12 359 0023,
E-mail: motalatale.modiba@dwcpd.gov.za
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