President Cyril Ramaphosa make history by signing the first Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration in Johannesburg today.
The Declaration is one of the outcomes of the National Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit which was held in November 2018.
The Summit was a response to a national concern and it provided a basis for a coordinated national response to the scourge.
The Summit was jointly hosted by government, civil society and other role players in an effort to combat gender-based violence and femicide.
The GBVF Declaration is the first step towards putting together a blueprint that will guide the country on how to deal with the fight against GBVF.
During the summit held in 2018, some of the key areas raised by victims of GBVF and civil society was that political and community leadership must support and champion the cause of eradicating GBV and femicide.
The launch will also coincide with official opening of the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Oakdene South, Johannesburg. The court offers a range of services and is fully equipped to support victims of gender-based violence and femicide.
• A fully fledged Sexual Offences Court
• Family Law services such as maintenance, domestic violence, harassment and Children’s Court matters
• Small Claims Court services
• Civil and Criminal Court services – Regional and District
The new facility will play a key role in alleviating the demand for services at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court.