Award for state anti-gen­der vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive

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THE DEPART­MENT of So­cial De­vel­op­ment’s Gen­der- Based Vi­o­lence Com­mand Cen­tre has won an in­ter­na­tional award in Las Ve­gas, US.

The com­mand cen­tre, a 24-hour call cen­tre pro­vid­ing sup­port and coun­selling to vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence, was given an award for the best tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion on Thurs­day.

Act­ing cabi­net spokes­woman Phumla Wil­liams said the gov­ern­ment was hon­oured by the recog­ni­tion, which showed its com­mit­ment to root­ing out vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

“The gov­ern­ment will con­tinue its fight against the scourge of women abuse through var­i­ous ini­tia­tives such as this cen­tre. The cen­tre en­ables ev­ery abused South African an op­por­tu­nity to seek help and free them­selves from the clutches of per­pe­tra­tors.”

So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini was de­lighted. “The in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion... com­mu­ni­cates the South African gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to fight­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence to the rest of the world, and places the coun­try at the lead of in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice against gen­der-based vi­o­lence.”

Wil­liams said the unique­ness of the cen­tre lay in its use of mobile tech­nol­ogy to esti- mate the lo­ca­tion of a vic­tim, as­sign the clos­est so­cial worker in the field , and record and re­ceive con­tin­u­ous feed­back.

“This en­ables a quick re­sponse from, among oth­ers, the po­lice, med­i­cal as­sis­tance, as well as so­cial ser­vice.”

The award comes a few weeks be­fore the coun­try’s an­nual 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren Cam­paign. – ANA

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