UNIVEN’s Dr Thizwilondi Josephine Mudau, HOD Youth in Development in the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education addressed a topic “Gender based violence amongst women and children” during the International Women’s daycelebration outreach hosted by Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya (MP). Dr Mudau spoke to women around Vhembe District Municipality in an event which took place at Thulamela Sports Hall on Thursday, 17 March 2022.
Her presentation was focused on gender-based violence which is a violation of human rights throughout the world including our country, South Africa. Dr Mudau indicated that GBV affects not only physical health but also mental health. This is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human right violations within all society. She stated that gender-based violence towards young women or females is a universal phenomenon that persists in all countries of the world, and the perpetrators are well known to the victims. Mudau said there are some questions that one can ask herself, why is gender-based violence so widespread in South Africa despite the international intervention and local legislation enacted to prevent it? Why is it high in some communities and certain groups than others? There is no easy answer to these questions as the cause of gender-based violence cannot be attributed to a single factor. She pointed that curbing gender-based violence against women in family relationships requires change of attitudes about use of violence in settling disputes. “By working together, by confronting difficult issues, and mobilising everyone in and around our societies, we shall create a society where everyone, especially women, feel safe at all the times
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Date: 22 March 2022