Work is already underway in the Presidency as an indication of the serious

Work is already underway in the presidency as an

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Work is already underway in the Presidency as an indication of the serious nature of this scourge and reflecting government’s commitment to tackle it. In November 2018, a Declaration of the Presidential Summit Against Gender-Based Violence, GBV, and Femicide was held where
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 191 the President sat down with civil society organisations to chart priorities to end gender-based violence. The summit was part of the 25 demands handed to the Office of the Presidency by the #TotalShutDown movement on O1 August 2018. The Presidential Summit Against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Declaration was later launched on 29 March 2019 at the Booysen’s Sexual Offences Court in response to Article 9 of the Presidential Summit Declaration. On this day, the President signed the summit declaration together with key civil society organisations. This declaration is historic in the sense that it was the very first to be concluded on gender-based violence and femicide and between government and civil society. It must be stated that while the life sentences imposed at the Sexual Offences Courts on cases received from the Thuthuzela Care Centres increased by 36,5% in the 2017 financial year, we are not blind to the realities that survivors of gender-based violence face through secondary victimisation. The retraumatisation of the sexual assault, abuse or rape victims reproduces itself through victim blaming, inappropriate behaviour or language by medical personnel and police officials
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 192 who handle such sensitive cases. We thus implore the Minister of Police to take on the plea of women across the country and racial spectrum to ensure that when survivors report these atrocious crimes that they are handled with compassion and sensitivity from police officials. This scary and sad reality is emphasised by Prof Pumla Gqola in her book entitled; Rape, A South African Nightmare . Professor Gqola writes about The Female Fear Factory and states that, and I quote: The manufacture of female fear is concerned with regulating women’s movement, sexuality and behaviour. If women fear that they will be punished for being raped and for speaking about it, and they see evidence of this repeatedly in how other women who survive are treated, it makes sense that although many go for counselling, they may choose not to report it to the police. Hon President, we encourage that all incoming portfolio committees in this sixth Parliament, exercise their oversight
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 193 mandate without fear or favour in ensuring that gender mainstreaming becomes a reality through the sufficient allocation of adequate resources. Arising from the seven key priorities mentioned by the President, gender mainstreaming should be included and prioritised in the planning of programmes of each department and SOEs, state-owned enterprises.
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