The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, MrsCandithMashego-Dlamini will mark the 365 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign under the theme Hear Me Too: End Violence against Women and Girls in Mshadza, Mpumalanga on Friday the 12th of October 2018.
Mshadza located between White River and Hazyview has experienced service delivery protests in the past related to crime and gender based violence. The community has raised concerns about the slow pace in addressing the scourge of gender based violence. The Deputy Minister together with other government departments will address their concerns and seek to arrive at amicable solutions.
The engagement with the community seeks to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse on women and children has and craft ways in which to rid society of this scourge permanently.
Women and children are subjected to gender-based violence in or around the places where they work, stay and seek education. These violations occur in different ways including rape, physical violence, stalking, sexual harassment, coerced sex-for-grades and emotional abuse. This violation of their human rights perpetuates gender-discrimination and has far-reaching physical, psychological and educational consequences.
It is against this background that the Deputy Minister will conduct a visit to a Centre for People with Disabilities, where she will distribute supplies to the sixty children and then conduct a community engagement at the local stadium.
Source: Government of South Africa