Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Male siblings and intimate partners among those most likely to commit GBV: Powa

Male siblings and intimate partners are among the most likely perpetrators of domestic violence.

According to the women’s rights NGO People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa), which cited last year’s SAPS reports on gender-based violence (GBV).

The reports show that between June 2020 and April 2021, SAPS recorded 1,100 cases of assaults with intent to cause bodily harm involving male partners.

22 murders were committed by an intimate partner of the victim and 19 by husbands of the victims.

“Close family members, such as brothers of the victims, were also classified as the most likely perpetrators of domestic violence, with 397 cases of GBH assaults committed by a sibling.

“While research has repeatedly indicated that gender-based crime is severely underreported, these trends make it clear that the Patriarc is deeply anchored in the collective psyche of South African households. The increased socio-economic pressure in the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the continued spread of violence against women and children. ”

Powa called on the government to allocate more resources to support the fight against GBV.

“We urge the government to increase resources to help this vulnerable group. As the country moves towards economic recovery from the pandemic, we are reminding our people that in a broken society it cannot be sustained, ”said Jeanette Sera, CEO of Powa.

Minister for Women and people with disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane called on the communities on Thursday to report incidents of gender-based violence.

The newly elected Mayor of Joburg, Dr. Mpho Phalatse said the annual campaign against women and child abuse should go beyond 16 days. She also emphasized the importance of introducing initiatives for men in the fight against gender-based violence.

“We have devoted a lot of resources to empowering women, but we have forgotten to empower men with self-determined women to deal with. Patriarchy is something that we must also systematically fight, and men must be supported in transitioning to a dispensation in which women are independent and empowered, “said Phalatse.

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