WITH the scourge of violence, rape and murder of children and women, Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) calls on the government, through more budget allocation, to prioritise the fight against violence on and murder of children and women. We call on the government to set aside funds to create awareness and promote prevention services on issues of gender-based violence.
NGOs, working with communities, have programmes in place to educate children on issues of gender-based violence, especially around issues of tradition, inequality, ignorance and lack of respect. With resources increased, these organisations would be in a better position to empower children and the long-term effect of this scourge would be eradicated.
Prevention and early intervention are becoming crucial as this is where we can start creating a mind shift within children and they in turn can help to "educate" their parents.
Trix Marais, acting national executive director, CWSA