Opinion

Please Mr President, ending the tyranny of violence must be your top priority

02 June 2019 - 00:01 By Shanaaz Mathews, Usang Maria Assim, Karabo Ozah, Naeemah Abrahams and Chandré Gould

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa, we congratulate you and welcome your new cabinet to office. As concerned academic and civil society leaders, we call on you to make ending violence against women and children your top priority.

Mr President, you recognised gender-based violence (GBV) as "a crisis that is tearing our society apart" during the summit on GBV and femicide in November. You signed the declaration and pledged immediate action. We welcome this commitment but it's important to recognise that the problems of violence against women and children are deeply intertwined and that GBV does not cover all violence against children, in particular violence in the home...

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