The battle against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) in South Africa is a collective responsibility that requires unwavering commitment and action. Dr. Lesley Ann Foster, the founder and executive director of Masimanyane Women's Rights International, recently spoke on NewzRoom Afrika about the ongoing crisis and the Accountability Dialogue Summit held on 22nd and 23rd August 2023.
Dr. Foster described the recent month as a "bloodbath" for women and children in South Africa. The harrowing statistics and slow progress in reducing violence are a call to action for all of us. The Accountability Dialogue Summit was more than a gathering; it was a unified front to accelerate change. Masimanyane Women's Rights International is dedicated to supporting the efforts of the state to drive down GBVF in the province and the country. The summit was an opportunity to strengthen commitments, provide reports on progress, and discuss current challenges that hinder the GBVF agenda. Guided by the theme of "Accountability, Acceleration, and Amplification," leaders from various sectors convened to reflect on the recommendations from the national strategic plan and the previous summit. The dialogue was a step towards ensuring that powerful recommendations translate into tangible actions.
The battle against GBVF is far from over. It requires the continuous support and participation of every citizen. Masimanyane invites you to watch Dr. Foster's interview, engage in the conversation, and join in making a significant difference. The Accountability Dialogue Summit and Dr. Foster's interview on NewzRoom Afrika are milestones in the journey towards a society free from violence. Masimanyane remains committed to this cause and invites you to stand united.