INTERIM STEERING COMMITTEE CONTINUES ITS WORK OF ENSURING A SPEEDY RESPONSE TO GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND FEMICIDE
As South Africa continues to battle the wave of Gender-based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) through various means and structures, the work of the Interim Steering Committee on GBVF is becoming evidently more important. Today the Committee held its first meeting in 2020, continuing its work of ensuring that there is a speedy response to the fight against GBVF.
As part of the discussions, the Committee received an interim progress report from the National Development Agency (NDA). The work of the agency is to coordinate the process of identifying qualifying civil society organisations that should receive financial support aimed at advancing the work of fighting GBVF. (to verify)
On 9 January 2020, the NDA in partnership with the Department of Social Development and the Interim Steering Committee on GBVF issued a Request for Proposals from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that implement Victim Empowerment Programmes (VEP) in response to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide targeting all nine (9) provinces. The NDA reported that to-date, a total of 592 applications have been received.
Once the process of collating applications has been concluded and qualifying CSOs identified, the Interim Committee is expected to begin contracting with recommended CSOs by the 2nd of March 2020.
The Interim Steering Committee, being a new structure that requires support and resources, looked at the feasibility of putting together a structure that will manage support coming from outside government and civil society organisation
It was agreed that such a structure is necessary to ensure transparency and accountability in the manner in which these resources are managed and the process of establishing the structure will be pursued.
In 2019, the Committee finalised the National Strategic Plan 2020-2030 which provides a multi-sectoral, coherent strategic policy to ensure a coordinated GBV national response and briefed Cabinet.
Cabinet approved that all funded programmes of the plan must be implemented by the various affected departments and further directed that more work be done in refining the proposed Council.
Today, the Committee deliberated on this Cabinet decision and resolved to have further engagements with Ministers of Social Development, Police, Justice and Correctional Services, Small Business Development and Women, Youth and People with Disabilities who are delegated to do further work on the proposed Council.
The Co-Chairperson of the Interim Steering Committee Advocate Brenda Madumise said “The fight against GBV and Femicide continues. As a country we all have a responsibility to ensure that we win this fight for the next generation”.
We call on all South Africans to support the work of the Interim Steering Committee, focus our energy and resources towards ensuring that our homes, communities, work-spaces and churches are safe spaces.
Enquiries: Advocate Brenda Madumise 082 331 5403 or Dr Olive Shisana
Issued by the Interim Steering Committee
20 February 2020