Ramaphosa Launches GBV & Femicide Response Fund

Written by on 5 February, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has allocated R21-billion over a three year term to support the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.

He had been addressing the launch of the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund.

The Fund is aimed at supporting implementation of the National Strategic Plan, and the wider GBVF response in the country.

According to police crime statistics released late last year, an average of 71 women were reported being raped every day, which translated to one, every 33 minutes.

Ramaphosa says this launch fulfills the promise made to women and children to end the scourge of violence.

“It was a promise to work together to end the violence perpetrated by men against women and children in our country,” says Ramaphosa.

He further says despite financial constraints due to COVID-19, government continues to prioritise empowerment of women in all its programmes.

“It has been a challenging year in which many of the priorities we set for our term of office have had to take a back seat as we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have nevertheless made progress in a number of areas relating to gender-based violence and the financial inclusion of women,” explains Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa adds says government has lobbied the responsive trade policy trust, to be developed for women owed enterprises.

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