As we prepare to celebrate Women’s Day tomorrow, the SAJBD urges all South Africans to do more to combat the scourge of violence against women in our society. There is a critical need for greater awareness, education and the enforcement of the law around gender-based violence, as well as discrimination in the workplace and in other spheres of daily life. Our young girls should also be empowered through education, skills and development.
Combating gender-based violence and inequality is not the job of government and civil society alone. Each and every individual must to whatever he or she can in their own private spheres to respect, protect and support women in our country.
At the same time, let us not forget that Women’s Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of women to South Africa excellence in the fields from science and medicine to politics and the arts.