For Immediate Release: 12 April 2019
To: Editors, Producers and Reporters
#GBVF Summit declaration signing: A turning point in eradicating GBV and Femicide in South Africa
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is a Constitutional body established by the Commission on Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996 to support democracy and promote gender equality. Its Constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Section 187 (2) of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 provides that the CGE has the power, as regulated by national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on issues concerning gender equality.
The CGE is committed to creating a society free from gender discrimination and a society where people shall have the opportunities and means to realize their potential regardless of gender, race, class, religion, disability or geographic location. The CGE further monitors and evaluate the policies and practices of organs of State and compliance governments compliance with international conventions with respect to gender equality such as CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, the AU Maputo Protocol etc …
The CGE as a human right based organization and an institution supporting democracy applauds the decisive actions taken by the Honourable President of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa in signing the #GBVF
Summit Declaration. The signing heralded as a turning point in the fight against gender based violence and femicide is a result of the march on 01 August 2018 by the #TotalShutDown Movement, Civil Society Organisations and the Commission for Gender Equality.
This historical event has gone down in the history of South Africa as a moment when women from walks of life come together to call for the end of GBV and Femicide that has reached its highest proportion.
The CGE senior leadership has been part of the summit and has served as an Expert Advisor in the preparation of the inaugural Gender Based Violence Summit hosted by the President 1-2 November 2018. The CGE was part of the summit declaration drafters, read the Summit declaration and the current Acting Chairperson witnessed the signing of the GBV Summit Declaration.
Noting all the various roles that the CGE has played in the past and present, the Commission (CGE) is committed to its mandate of monitoring and evaluating policies and practice of the organs of state. It is on this premise that the Commission will be following closely all the developments post the signing of the declaration including among others, the establishment of the GBV Council, the development of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBV and Femicide and budget within the agreed timeframes.
People can use our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender-based violence and other related crimes.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 12 April 2019
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.
Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#Tags: #GBVF, AU, CGE, Commission for Gender Equality, Cyril Ramaphosa, Femicide