Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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More resources needed to support gender-based violence survivors: Powa

People Against Women Abuse (Powa) say there is a need to support survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and related crimes as the Covid-19 pandemic has shrunk the pool of resources available for the cause.

“The thrust into a time of great insecurity and lost connections, increased risk of isolation, thoughts of suicide and other ailments have crept into the homes of millions of victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and other abuses,” said the NGO’s acting executive director Jeanette Sera.

The organization said it had been adjusting its operations since the beginning of the pandemic to reach out to survivors and provide support.

“When police statistics showed: huge increases in Gender-based violence We were alarmed by the low influx of victims into our gender-based violence shelters. At that point we realized that the needs of the survivors had changed and in many ways had become more urgent due to the isolating effect of the pandemic on individual households, “said Sera.

Between June 2020 and April 2021 had According to Powa, the police reported 1,100 cases of bodily harm with intentional assault (GBH) in which the victim was assaulted by his intimate partner.

Of the murders reported during this period, 22 were by an intimate partner and 19 perpetrated by husbands of victims.

“Close family members such as brothers of the victims were also high among the most likely perpetrators of domestic violence, with 397 cases of GBH assault committed by a sibling,” Powa said.

Increased socio-economic pressures due to the pandemic had also contributed to the continued spread of violence against women and children.

“We call on survivors from all over n land to tell their individual survival stories, demystify faces and voices behind the statistics. Powa, in partnership with Joko, is celebrating the annual 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children by tackling the issue at its core.

“Together, survivors who use their voices for change can break the Shame cycle of suffering alone and inspire a nation into action that makes a difference, “Powa said.

” It is sometimes difficult for survivors to come out and try to break the cycle of violence. I think for the people around such women we have to hear them, we have to remind them that it is not their fault and above all we have to believe them. ”

Despite the physical and psychological effects of Da Gender-based violence is “well documented” in South Africa, the access to mental health care that survivors need is poor in the public health system, which is putting pressure on organizations in the NGO sector to close this gap, the organization said.

“Troubling trends in gender-based violence reporting during the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed the intersection between public health, welfare and gender-based violence issues.

” We also urge the government to allocate resources to the help to top up this vulnerable group. As the country strives to recover its economy from the dangers of the pandemic, we remind our people that economic recovery cannot be sustained in a broken society, ”said Sera.

Powa and Joko are calling for them They are in some form of gender-based violence, to #DonateYourVoice by visiting www.joko.co.za

“When victims don’t speak up, it’s often because they don’t believe them is believed, and we as a society are to blame for this way of thinking because women are often not believed.

“Powa has led campaigns aimed at empowering women’s voices. To achieve this, R1 is used from every Joko pack sold to support the organization and its initiatives, “said the organization.

” This year’s campaign 16 Days of Activism aims to hold up a mirror society to show that behind the statistics there are real people, real stories and real pain who deserve recognition if society is to be made to improve itself. ”