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Ms Tamara Mathebula

Chairperson, CGE 

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Virtual Media Launch

Launch of the CGE Review Report on Government’s Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) on Gender-based Violence and Femicide

Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality, Ms Tamara Mathebula, will launch the Commission’s review report on government’s Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) against gender-based violence.

Date: Thursday 22 April 2021   |   Time: 10:00

Members of media are invited to join virtually via…….

RSVP: Mr Javu Baloyi (Spokesperson) 0835793306 / javu@cge.org.za

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MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY
VICTORY FOR WOMEN

CGE Helps Women Gain Property Rights

Earlier in April the Constitutional Court delivered a ruling that confirmed Section 21 (2)(a) of the Matrimonial Property Act 88 of 1984 to be unconstitutional and invalid to the extent that it maintains and perpetuates discrimination.

The Section made all marriages of Black couples, entered into under the Black Administration Act 38 before 1988, automatically out of community of property. The Commission for Gender Equality and an impoverished female complainant from KwaZulu Natal (Mrs Agnes Sithole), who stood to lose her property in a battle with her estranged husband, had jointly argued to the Constitutional Court that the Section maintains gender discrimination against Black women, and that its provisions infringe on their rights to property ownership in marriages.

The Constitutional Court judgment is a landmark ruling that frees affected Black women from oppressive apartheid laws, and empowers them through gender equality.

Ms Tamara Mathebula

Chairperson, CGE 

Virtual Media Launch

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) will convene a public virtual launch of its recently completed review of implementation Report on Government’s Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP)  on Gender–based Violence and Femicide (GBVF).

The CGE considered the ERAP initiative one of the most important interventions by the government to deal with gender-based violence in general, and violence against women in particular

Date: Thursday 22 April 2021   |   Time: 10:00

Members of media are invited.

RSVP: Mr Javu Baloyi (Spokesperson) 0835793306 / javu@cge.org.za

WORRYING STATE OF SHELTERS
IN SOUTH AFRICA

More needs to be done to improve shelters for GBV survivors and children.

The benefit of shelters is that they reduce the impact of gender-based violence and femicide on survivors from an economic and social perspective. They afford survivors mechanisms to escape the cycle of abuse and expose them to skills development opportunities. However, during hearings and investigation into state of shelters in South Africa, the Commission for Gender Equality found that many shelters in provinces are inadequately resourced, with National Treasury and the Department of Social Development not keeping data to track the number of shelters that receive funding, lack of support for the LGBTIQA+ members, and rampant neglect. For more, click the button below to access our REPORT.

Understanding Domestic Violence Act

The purpose of the Domestic Violence Act is to afford victims of domestic violence, maximum protection from abuse…

Child Protection Week

30 May – 06 June

Every year police statistics show that children are victims of gender-based violence, domestic violence and sexual crimes…

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Child Protection Week

30 May – 06 June

Every year police statistics show that children are victims of gender-based violence, domestic violence and sexual crimes. The Commission for Gender Equality does not regard gender issues as adult matters only. The rights of women and children are equally undermined, with girl children being the most vulnerable group in South African communities.

As we observe Child Protection week, we urge all people to take collective responsibility for the safety of children in our communities and households.

Understanding Domestic Violence Act

The purpose of the Domestic Violence Act is to afford victims of domestic violence, maximum protection from abuse, and ensure that the state implements provisions of the Act to eliminate domestic violence.

The Act details a civil procedure for a complainant to obtain a Protection Order from a court, prohibiting their abuser from further victimising them. If the Purchase Order is violated, the court should issue an arrest warrant for SAPS to enforce, to ensure the victim’s safety.

Where necessary, SAPS should refer victim to support services, assist to find a suitable safety shelter, and collect personal properties. Shelters should assist victims access medical treatment, and professional counselling.