SA CSO’s Call for Action to End Violence
Civil society leaders in Southern Africa have called for enhanced efforts to combat violence targeted at women and children which they say has escalated during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking during a Southern Africa virtual peace summit hosted by the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light, the CSO leaders are drawn from various sectors across SADC called on regional leaders to act now.
At the start of the pandemic in 2019, the United Nations Population Fund reported that as many as 25 percent of women in Malawi experienced physical or sexual violence whereas Zimbabwe had registered near 45 percent.
A Peace and Development lecturer at Masvingo State University in Zimbabwe observed during the conference that “we need practical laws and institutions that go beyond simply wishing for peace.”
A young leader Gift Khumalo who founded Youth in Action, based in South Africa said South Africa has seen a lot of crimes during the pandemic but he was encouraged with efforts to address the issues in order to achieve security and peace.
Among other things, participants during the virtual summit discussed how to combat violence, the current lack of peace projects during the Covid pandemic as well as peace activities in pan-religious fields.
In Malawi, as we speak, the country is observing 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.