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Women, children urged to take advantage of the Constitution

by BuaNews Online
24 Nov 2008
BuaNews Online
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Women and children should take advantage of the country's Constitution and the justice system that safeguards their rights, says the national conveyer of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, Nomatyala Hangana.

South Africa boost of laws and Acts such as the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000, the Employment Equity Act of 1998, the Domestic Violence Act of 1998 and the Children's Act, 2005 and Children's Amendment Act of 200 all aim to bolster the rights of women and children.

Speaking at the this year's Absa's Quilt project launch in Johannesburg on Monday, Ms Hagana who is also the Deputy Minister for Provincial and Local Government said government together with civil society have made strides to fight violence against women and children, adding that much still needed to be done.

"We still need to intensify our campaign and to deal with other factors such as the abuse of alcohol and the use of drugs as these are some of the factors affecting our communities and contribute to the abuse of women and children and fuel the spread of HIV and AIDS," said Ms Hangana.

Absa has joined forces with Government, for the third consecutive year, to highlight the plight of women and child abuse, through its Quilt project which provides employees with an opportunity to reach out to those affected or exposed to domestic violence.

This year, more than 200 quilts have been made and will then be sold. The proceeds of which will be used for the purchasing of blankets that will be given to the children supported through Absa's Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) flagship programme.

Absa Group Executive of Public Affairs, Riah Phiyega believes that every individual has a role to play toward eradicating the inhumane acts of abuse directed at women and children.

"Campaigns such as this are critical in that they highlight the scourge of violence which seems to be on the increase.

"For us as an organisation, there was no question or debate about our participation. When it comes to such issues [violence against women and children], the private sector and government cannot work in isolation.

"Public private partnerships create a platform for the relevant stakeholders to bring about change to communities, as well as individuals affected by violence." - BuaNews
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