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SOS Children’s Villages in SA call to end violence shown towards women and children

According to the organisation, violence against women and children remains the most widespread human rights violation worldwide, affecting more than one in three women.

Research shows that worldwide, 27% of women and girls aged 15 and older have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence. In South Africa, this figure is a shocking one-third or even up to 50%, adds the organisation.

The 2022 theme is ‘Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment to build Women’s Resilience against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide: Connect, Collaborate, Contract!’

“We call on the government to implement law, policy and practice to create protective environments for women and children,” adds the organisation.

“Gender-based violence impacts everyone. As an organisation that strives to achieve our vision where ‘every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security’, it is critical that we analyse and address gender inequalities and gender-based violence experienced by girls, boys, women and men in all their diversities in our programmes, policies and structures,” says Vuyelwa Sineke, global gender officer at SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa. 

The global gender officer at SOS Children’s Villages is responsible for gender parity initiatives and fostering capacity development on gender mainstreaming. This role looks at lessons and good practices within the organisation and forges a networking partnership with other stakeholders dealing with gender mainstreaming.

“At SOS Children’s Villages, we offer secure and loving care in a family setting to children who have lost or are at risk of losing the care of their parents and cannot live with their biological family,” adds the organisation. 

“It is our responsibility as an organisation to uphold and ensure our children are protected. We have Child Protection Policies and systems in place to ensure that we can protect children,” the organisation concludes.

These policies outline behaviours and actions that are unacceptable; they provide guidelines on procedures to be followed and reporting structures with trained and accredited Child Safeguarding investigators, whose work has resulted in an improved quality of care and improved safety for children in our care.

For more information, visit www.sossouthafrica.org.za. You can also follow the SOS Children’s Villages on Facebook or on Twitter.

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