President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched a private sector-led, multi-sectoral gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) fund.
Last year, Ramaphosa said the scourge of gender-based violence is a second pandemic which the country has to contend with, while also facing the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the launch today, the president said: “The first phase of the Private Sector Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund fulfils a promise we made to the women and children of this country.”
He said it was a promise to work together to end the violence perpetrated by men against women and children in our country.
Ramaphosa explained that government will continue to prioritise the empowerment of women.
“We have allocated nearly R21 billion over the three years of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework. I have also received a report detailing the expenditure associated with GBV-related programmes in every government department,” he said.
The related programmes include prevention campaigns and measures to address GBV in higher learning institutions. The president spoke about the inclusion of women in science and technology, support services, access to housing and shelter for survivors, economic empowerment of women and strengthening the criminal justice system.
“Government departments will be held accountable for the work they do and for the resources that have been committed. I want to assure you, therefore, that before asking you to commit resources, we are committing our own. Gender-based violence and femicide impacts us all and requires collective action.”
It was emphasised that the fund will be managed and administered under the strictest principles of: good governance, due diligence, transparency and accountability.
“As we launch this Fund, I would like to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution by Anglo-American of R30 million, the contribution by ABSA of R20 million and the contribution just announced by the Ford Foundation of R20 million.”
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The President said these contributions will make a great difference in the lives of many people. They reflect the true commitment of these valued partners to building a better society.