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The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of­fi­cially launched the 16 Days of Ac­tivism against Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence as well as the Mur­der and Sui­cide Me­dia Cam­paigns themed “Orange the World Hear Me Too” and “Ungambulali, Ungatibulali, Tfola Lusito” re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch held at the Moun­tain Inn Ho­tel on Mon­day, The deputy prime min­is­ter who was rep­re­sented by the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice Chris­tian Nt­shangase re­vealed that the pro­tec­tion of ci­ti­zens from any form of vi­o­lence was gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity. He urged all three arms of gov­ern­ment to pri­ori­tise ef­forts to­wards the erad­i­ca­tion of vi­o­lence in the coun­try. He said no con­sti­tu­tional right should be vi­o­lated there­fore vi­o­lence should be con­demned in the strong­est terms.

The deputy prime min­is­ter noted that this year’s 16 Days of Ac­tivism theme “Orange the World Hear Me Too” and the Mur­der and Sui­cide Me­dia Cam­paign slo­gan “Ungambulali, Ungatibulali Tfola Lusito”com­ple­ment each other as they all call for the nation to am­plify ef­forts to­wards erad­i­cat­ing vi­o­lence. He en­cour­aged the pub­lic to take ad­van­tage of the on-go­ing ini­tia­tives against vi­o­lence by ob­tain­ing as much knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion since ig­no­rance is not an ex­cuse.

The act­ing Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Dlamini re­vealed that on a daily ba­sis re­ports emerge of women and chil­dren who have been sex­u­ally vi­o­lated, griev­ously as­saulted or even killed by cul­prits who in most cases are of the male gen­der. He stated that it was for this rea­son that the Po­lice Ser­vice fully em­braces and sup­ports the 16 Days of Ac­tivism and would con­tinue stag­ing out­reach crime preven­tion cam­paigns to cre­ate aware­ness and cre­ate a plat­form for an ad­vo­cacy against Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence (GBV).

Dlamini re­vealed that the ob­jec­tive of the Mur­der and Sui­cide Cam­paign is to mo­bilise the me­dia in reach­ing out to the masses with the mes­sage to stop vi­o­lence. He stated that the pur­pose is to as­sist would be per­pe­tra­tors of mur­der as well as vic­tims of sui­cide with pro­fes­sional coun­selling, guid­ance and sup­port. He stated that in this re­gard, the cam­paign is a multi-sec­toral col­lab­o­ra­tion which in­cludes the po­lice, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, NGOs, faith based organisations and other stake­hold­ers. The act­ing na­tional com­mis­sioner ex­tended heart­felt grat­i­tude to all stake­hold­ers for their sup­port in rev­ers­ing the fron­tiers of Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic abuse cog­nisant of the na­tional slo­gan Bu­cala Yindz­aba Yeftu Sonkhe. He fur­ther ex­tended ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards the of­fice of the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice for leg­isla­tive sup­port in par­tic­u­lar the Sex­ual Of­fences and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act of 2018 which is a com­pre­hen­sive le­gal frame­work to pro­tect peo­ple from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or sex­ual as­sault. UNFPA of­fi­cer in-charge Mar­gret Tfwala-Tembe stated that it was en­cour­ag­ing to see gov­ern­ment tak­ing a lead­ing role in fight­ing Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence in so­ci­ety as this was a pre­req­ui­site for de­vel­op­ment. She re­vealed that the cam­paign theme Orange the World, Hear Me Too is sim­ply a bee to say lis­ten to those af­fected by GBV. She chal­lenged all sec­tors to am­plify the voice in say­ing no to vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: The brains be­hind the Mur­der and Sui­cide Me­dia Cam­paign.

AT­TEN­TIVE: Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cers Nosipho Shongwe (Eswa­tini Mo­bile), Sergeant Khany­isile Madolo (REPS) and Mihla Khu­malo (DPM’s of­fice).

FOL­LOW­ING PRO­CEED­INGS: Deputy Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Sam Mthembu and as­sis­tant Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Mx­olisi Dlamini fol­low­ing pro­ceed­ings.

PRESENT: Deputy Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Fana Ross Maseko and Ndo Md­lalose dur­ing the launch.

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