Model law proposed to stop scourge
A delegation from parliament has welcomed the proposal of a report for the development of a model law on gender-based violence against women and girls.
According to parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, the delegation attended the 46th plenary assembly session of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) which adopted the report.
Presenting the report on Sunday, vice-chairperson of the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC) of the SADC-PF, Monica Mutsvangwa, said: “The envisioned SADC model law on gender-based violence should provide for innovative preventative interventions to address the structural and underlying causes of gender-based violence.”
Siviwe Gwarube, who was also part of the delegation, said the model law could go a long way to curbing the crisis of gender-based violence, but addressing it required behavioural change.
“Women are being abused by perpetrators who live, work and walk among us. A model law will send a strong message, but a stronger message will be sent by leaders who lead by example,” said Gwarube.
Mothapo said governments and parliaments in the SADC region have developed and adopted various policy and legislative frameworks to jointly address this abuse that transcends borders, race, culture and nationalities. – News24 Wire