South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is attending a two day gender-based violence and femicide summit at the St Georges Hotel in Centurion.
South Africa’s National Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will be accompanying the President. The joining of the three members of parliament reflects South Africa’s efforts to tackle violence on women.
According to a statement released the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, the president has employed his special advisor to collaborate and work with the country’s Department of Justice to organise the summit. The summit was organised to tackle the high levels of violence and femicide against women and children.
According to the statement the summit creates a platform to:
- Reflect critically on initiatives to date and identify areas of improvement;
- Outline a roadmap to a South Africa free from gender-based violence and femicide;
- Pave the way for the creation of mechanisms and processes for effective coordination,
- Planning and implementation beyond the Summit;
- Establish a commitment to resourcing and accountability.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane