NGOs question 16 day campaign's effectiveness (25.11.09)

NGOs question 16 day campaign's effectiveness (25.11.09)

By Regan Thaw

As the international 16 days of activitism against abuse campaign kicks off, several NGOs have voiced concern about its efficacy in this country.

The campaign highlights the problem of abuse of women and children.

Genderlinks and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation believe there is no clarity on which government department is actually driving South Africa's campaign.

GenderLinks' Colleen Louw Morna said in the absence of adequate leadership, the war against gender violence was weakened.

"We need leadership from the front and unfortunately all of this is happening at a time when government gender machinery is in a disarray."

Shahina McLeod of the Saartjie Baartman Centre added many people are becoming cynical about the effectiveness of the campaign.

"It's something that should be at the forefront of the public eye for 365 days a year."

NGOs have also raised concerns over the lack of implementation of legislation and government's failure in reducing gender-based crime.

In Eyewitness News.

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