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    S/African minister urges fight against abusing women, children

    APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

    South African Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi has called on men to take the lead in the fight against gender-based violence in the country.

    Speaking during the Community Development Workers Consultative Engagement and the African Peer Review Mechanism Second Generation Review Process in Worcester on Friday, the minister said men “have the power to put an end to abuse, assault, rape and domestic violence against women and children.”

    “We call on responsible father figures to instil the values of human dignity, equality and respect in young men and boys,” Muthambi said.

    She added: “Our young boys must be mentored and guided in their journey to adulthood so they value and respect women and children.”

    The minister encouraged communities to report all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence to the police.

    “Our criminal justice system and our courts deal harshly with those who commit violence and abuse.  The police and courts are empowered to arrest, prosecute and convict perpetrators of violence, assault and rape,” Muthambi said.

    The consultative engagement takes place as the country observes the campaign of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children which kicked off on last week worldwide.

    The annual campaign is run from 25 November to 10 December. Over this period, government convenes a series of dialogues on violence against women and children to focus on the challenge, discuss the causes and to find appropriate solutions.

    Through the dialogue sessions, government will interact with community members who experience violence and abuse.

    NM/jn/APA

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