Gender-Based Violence is another widespread pandemic in South Africa, impacting on almost every aspect of life, GBV disproportionately affects women and children. This pandemic is systemic, and deeply entrenched in institutions, cultures and traditions in South Africa.
Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed crime statistics from July to September 2021 stating that about 9 556 people were raped and the numbers have increased with 634 cases compared to the last report. Given the ongoing rise of GBV cases in the country, the 16 Days of Activism against the violation of Women and Children is currently underway ending on the 10th of December 2021.
During this 16 days period, the Government in collaboration with civil society and the private sector hosts a series of community and sector dialogues and activities to address this underlying pandemic.
Amongst the activities hosted to address GBV, Roadshow Marketing and Brand Mobilization in collaboration with the Department of Social Development in Gauteng have been going around the province raising awareness against GBV, and on Sunday the 5th of December 2021 the crew visited Kya Sands informal settlement to raise awareness.
The crew was led by the Director Crawford Mashishi, residents in the informal settlements came out in their numbers to attend the campaign, the audience was served with some mouth-watering entertainment too.
“We have been around Hammanskraal, Cosmo City, Honeydew and today we decided to come here at Kya Sands informal settlement to raise awareness against GBV because most of the cases related to GBV normally happen in informal settlements.’’ said Mashishi