Names most of us would not have known a month ago. Sadly, they are now known for the wrong reasons.
Every year we do a No-Bullying campaign. But this year there is a more destructive and heinous type of bullying we want to focus on: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.
This year our Talent Search SA finalists will use their voices and instruments to STAND UP and SPEAK UP against Gender Based Violence and Femicide. These murderers. kidnappers and rapists are the most vicious, ruthless and heinous cowards of society and we can’t afford to turn a blind eye anymore. This month each finalist will produce something to make their voices heard. We urge everyone to support them and stand up beside them.
The existing laws and policies applicable to gender-based violence and femicide must be reviewed to ensure that they are more victim-centred and responsive. The review process must be fast-tracked and the identified legislative gaps addressed without further delay.
The finalisation of outstanding Bills that relate to gender-based violence and femicide, as well as the protection of the rights of Women and girls, must be fast-tracked. These include the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, the Victim-Support Services Bill, the Traditional Courts Bill, as well as the consideration of the decriminalisation of sex work.
It is time to stand united and make our voices heard. ALL OF US.