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Efforts towards fighting GBVF continue

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South Africa is determined in its fight against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), and has committed to strengthening its laws to rein in these vices, the government said.

In addition, the country will continue to provide psycho-social support and advocacy programmes within communities, as part of the fight against GBVF. This is according to the government on Friday, 25 September 2020.

According to the government, based on data obtained through the South African Police Service (SAPS), it has identified 30 GBVF hotspots around the country.

“Affected communities should be assured that the government is working with the police, and that intervention measures will be strengthened to ensure the protection and safety of women and children,” the government said.

On a related issue, concern was expressed at the disturbing reports of human trafficking incidents involving women and children in the country. The South African police are investigating all reported cases related to these crimes, the government claimed.

Meanwhile, government has welcomed a donation of three million dollars from Britain, equating to approximately R50 million, which will extend ongoing efforts to counter the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will focus on projects that support and promote women in the country.

-APA

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