Gender-Based Violence remains a pandemic in South Africa

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The scourge of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has been and remains a grave pandemic that has a disproportionate impact on women and girl children within South Africa. The plight and suffering of women and children have untold and telling negative impacts on communities and the country as a whole.

According to Statistics South Africa’s 2020 report to Parliament on crimes against women in South Africa, approximately one in five women have experienced physical violence by a partner. This translates to 21% of the total female population, which means that every woman has either experienced GBV or knows of someone who has.

In the build-up towards the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Human Rights Commission will undertake different interventions in support of women and families who have been directly or indirectly affected by GBV and in solidarity to deepen efforts to eradicate GBV South Africa.

The Commission urges all members of the public and businesses to take a firm stand against GBV in our homes, communities, places of learning and places of work.

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