Stop Gender Violence: A National Campaign. 21/7/2017


Gender-based violence in South Africa

The high rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa, further highlighted by a number of high-profile cases over the last few years, has given rise to significant public support to end GBV. Government has made some efforts towards ending GBV, but these have been marred by inefficient coordination and almost no budget provisions made towards prevention and services.

One such effort towards effective coordination was the National Council on Gender-Based Violence (NCGBV), a council created for the purpose of drafting and implementing a national strategic plan (NSP) to combat GBV. Since its formation in 2012, it has been destabilised by political changes and lack of funding to execute its mandate. There has been no word on its status since 2014 when Minister Susan Shabangu was appointed as Minister of Women and the Ministry failed to reconstitute it and provide an update on its status.

Stop Gender Violence: A National Campaign

In response, civil society organisations across the country came together in 2014 to form the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence (NSP GBV) campaign, demanding a fully-costed, evidence-based, multi-sectoral, inclusive and comprehensive NSP to end GBV. The campaign’s mandate and objectives have since broadened to be more inclusive of GBV as a whole. As such, the campaign was renamed in May 2016.

The campaign is focused on four areas:

  • Provincial engagements with grassroot organisations and beneficiaries
  • Advocacy with media and communities
  • Research and policy work on civil society’s NSPGBV shadow framework
  • Engaging with the government to ensure uptake of the NSPGBV – a more comprehensive plan that addresses all forms of gender violence and not only violence against women.

The campaign carries out the following activities:

  • Capacity-building and administrative support to civil society groups in advancing efforts of the campaign.
  • The production of technical materials and briefs to strengthen the content of the NSP on GBV, including research and writing a civil society shadow NSP framework to inform the final NSP on GBV.
  • The coordination of provincial hearings to ensure that grassroots voices are able to shape the NSP agenda.
  • A petition signed by South Africans demanding an NSP on GBV. Find the link here.
  • A postcard campaign with individualised personal stories of women affected by GBV, which are posted to the Minister of Women, urging action. You can see these here.
  • Marches across the country demanding an NSP on GBV and calling for an end to lip service, unfunded mandates, and no more empty promises.

Photo by Alexa Sedgwick

Photo by Alexa Sedgwick

Photo by Alexa Sedgwick