With Women’s month just ended, this feels like it has been an attack against women and not the celebration of women. We all need to play our parts in bringing an end to this!

The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
 ― Albert Einstein
Issued by The Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disabilities
Attention Journalists and News Editors
Pretoria, 03 September 2019
The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is alarmed by the continued killing of women especially in the month when South Africa celebrated Women’s Month. At its core, violence against women and girls is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect – a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women. It is an issue of fundamental human rights.
Just in the month of August more than 30 women were killed. This weekend the department issued a statement on the killing of SA female boxing champion Ms Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, yesterday we were shocked by the killing of the innocent UCT student Ms Uyinene Mrwetyana who was raped and killed by a post office worker. Just this two cases of many cases reported demonstrates that every day women are being raped and murdered in South Africa.
The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane continues to express her shock at the unabated wave of killings taking the lives of innocent women every day. There are intervention policies launched since the dawn of democracy and government is continuously looking at alternatives to end the violence against women and children, but that falls on deaf ears as men continue to rape and murder.
“Relationships should not result in death, they should be loving and supportive. There is an onslaught on women in this country, and gender-based violence continues with perpetrators believing they have the right to destroy the lives of others. We need stronger interventions if our women are to enjoy the fruits of our democracy the same way the majority of men do,” enough is enough added Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.
The department is calling upon the South African Police Service and the Justice System to work swiftly to remove perpetrators of gender-based violence from society, and to offer the right care and support to victims of GBV.
In mourning for all women killed, the department is declaring Sunday, 8 September 2019 a national moment of silence and prayer day and encourages all man to speak against gender violence.
For engagements with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane please contact Ms Mmabatho Ramompi on 076 240 3513.
Media enquiries may be forwarded to Mr Shalen Gajadhar on 060 979 4235 or
Twitter: @DWYPD_ZA / #WhatWomenWant #WomensMonth2019
Instagram: @dwypdza
Facebook: @departmentwomen

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