International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women on Nov 25 :
Stop the violence NOW!
In a couple of days, women across the world will
take to the streets and public platforms to air their views on a
subject that they have long been familiar with - so much so that it
has become part of their daily lives: namely, Gender Based Violence
(GBV). Living in a world where almost every fabric of society has
been infiltrated by acts of violence, where civil wars, ethnic
conflicts, honour killings, and moral decay have collectively
contributed to the rapid rise of unsafe environments, women have
never been exposed to so much violence as they are today.
A strong case for enhanced punishment advocated
It would be worthwhile to quote from a front
page editorial of Johannesburg’s Star Newspaper making an urgent
call to the nation regarding an alarming trend in the incidence of
women and child rape crime in South Africa. It read ‘Stand up. Speak
out. Help us turn this evil around once and for all’.