Government’s GBV Campaign Gets A Thumbs Down. Every year, in August, South Africa marks Women’s Month. During this month, the country pays tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.
Issues that are tackled in August mostly centre around the Gender Based Violence pandemic. There are also issues of unemployment and lack of equal opportunities among other things. Unfortunately women still go through horrendous abuse and unfair treatment as opposed to their male counterparts. They still go through the most even during this month when they are meant to be celebrated, cherished and protected. Many feel the government is not doing enough to help women, more so black women.
The GP Community Safety, which aim at working towards a safer Gauteng did a campaign a couple of days ago addressing gender based violence. Those who participated rocked Tutu skirts and had lipstick on. Even men who took part did the same thing.
According to the campaign, the lipstick represents that women can always speak up about their grievances and they don’t have to hold on to any sign of abuse. The tutu skirts symbolize that you can wear anything that you are comfortable with as a woman.
The campaign however did not let, with a lot of people. They feel women issues go way beyond lipsticks and Tutu skirts. The likes of Florence Masebe, Lesego Tlhabi and Nokuthula Mavuso took to social media to call out the Government on how they address issues affecting women. Check out some of the feedback below;