Model law pro­posed to stop scourge

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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

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