Women’s rights, gender equality and in particular the fight against gender-based violence, are currently at the heart of national debates across the world. Heeding the call of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, governments are joining the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, an international campaign for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Here in SA, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the mobilisation campaign on the November 25 in Lephalale, Limpopo, and reflected on the progress made in tackling gender-based violence, with the help of the Emergency Action Plan initiated two months ago. On the same day in France, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced 30 measures to stop domestic violence, including new shelters for abused women and better training for police to handle these complaints. ..

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