Month: April 2020

Plans to protect women and children

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an emergency plan to deal with the violence against women and children in the country. Addressing a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces recently, the President said the plan strengthens existing measures and introduces new interventions in five principal areas. These areas include; How to …

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National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, with Minister (postponed)

19 November 2019 | Chairperson: Ms C Ndaba (ANC) Meeting Summary The joint meeting involving various concerned Portfolio and Select Committees from the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), met with the interim steering committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) to discuss the progress made with the development of a draft …

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With R1.1bn budget, gender violence interim committee eyes 6 key areas

2019-10-24 | Kamva Somdyala Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a R1.1bn additional budget allocation to fight gender-based violence, the steering committee has identified its key focus areas. As persistent calls for tougher action against gender-based violence continued to mount, Ramaphosa called an extraordinary sitting of both houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the National …

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President Cyril Ramaphosa: Joint sitting of Parliament on gender-based violence

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Joint Sitting of Parliament on the crisis of violence in South Africa, National Assembly, Cape Town Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise,Chairperson of the NCOP, Mr Amos Masondo,Honourable Members, I have called this special joint sitting of the houses of Parliament because there is a dark …

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Gender based Violence – The Gender Summit And Political Imperatives

1-2 November saw the hosting by national government and The Total Shutdown movement of the national gender summit. Protests organised by The Total Shutdown movement on 1 August, flowed into the launching of a campaign aimed at addressing the scourge of gender based violence in South Africa. This initiative, through its spokespersons identified “prevention, laws …

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Ramaphosa launches Sexual Offences Court: ‘Women and children don’t feel safe on SA’s streets’

2019-03-28 | Canny Maphanga South Africa’s 84th Sexual Offences Court was launched on Thursday when President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the declaration against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) which aims to put an end to the growing scourge. “It is indeed my honour and privilege to be here during Human Rights Month to fulfil the promise …

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President Cyril Ramaphosa: Launch of Declaration against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide and opening of Booysens Magistrate’s Court

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the Declaration against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide and the official opening of the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Booysens, Johannesburg Programme Director,Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,MECs and members of the provincial legislature,Members of the judiciary,Members of the legal fraternity,Representatives of civil society,Religious and …

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SA FACING CRISIS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN – RAMAPHOSA

Ayanda Nyathi | 2019 JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is facing a national crisis when it comes to dealing with violence against women and children. Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the opening of a new magistrates court in Booysens, in the south of Johannesburg on Thursday. We refuse, as the people of South Africa, to yield …

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President Ramaphosa launches the GBVF Declaration and opens the Booysens Magistrate’s Court

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address at the Presidential launch of the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration. The launch event, at the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Oakdene South, Johannesburg, coincides with the official opening of this new court. The Declaration is one of the outcomes of the National Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit …

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Women are still facing battle for equal pay

This article was originally written for The CitizenBy Chisom Jenniffer Okoye Movements for women rights expressed their displeasure with the findings of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) wage report’s 2018-19 statistics that stated women in South Africa are paid 19.4% less than men on hourly wages. The ILO reported: “Looking at all the different estimates, one …

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