MEDIA STATEMENT FROM CHILDLINE SA NATIONAL OFFICE:
In response to violence against Women and Children in South Africa – September 2019
Childline South Africa stands with the entire nation in mourning the loss of the lives of all children and women and the suffering this has caused their families as a result of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).
We stand with and support all children and adults who have survived the trauma of experiencing violence in their lives. We raise our voice and say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! The senseless and brutal killings of our women and children has to STOP! The whole nation must come together and put an end to this scourge in the interest of this generation and many generations to come.
Protection and safeguarding of our women and children are the responsibility of all of us. We all have a role to play. Government MUST prioritize issues of violence against women and children not just through speech but VISIBLE ACTION from all spheres of Government.
- We have to see an effective and responsive justice system that will ensure perpetrators are arrested and properly punished for their crimes. This we believe will act as a deterrent to anyone thinking they can get away with perpetrating violence against women and children
- Adequate/sufficient resources and budgets have to be in place to ensure appropriate programmes are implemented and sustained over time
- The Private sector has a role to play. The sector has to ensure their employees receive appropriate education on matters of Child Protection, Gender Based Violence including Intimate Partner Violence. They have to ensure they have a Child Protection Safeguarding policy in place including policies that spell out their stance against Child Abuse and GBV
- We have to go back and engage with each other, focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies
- There is enough research to help us understand factors contributing to the current state of affairs and some recommendations on what can be done better. ACTION IS REQUIRED.
As communities, families and individuals, we too have a role to play to ensure safety and protection of our women and children. Let us hold each other accountable. Do not stand for any form of violence against women and children or any person for that matter. Report such incidences to the necessary authorities.
Remember, you may contact Childline on our Toll-Free Number 08000 55 55 5 that is operational 24hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also chat to a counsellor on our website i.e. www.childlinesa.org.za (Online Counselling is operational Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm and 2-6pm)
The responsibility to speak up does not only fall on the shoulders of girls and women. The responsibility to do so belongs to us all.
We need to win this war – You all have a role to play.
Childline South Africa