The long-awaited National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Bill was finally published. While the gazetting of this Bill is a major step forward in driving a multi-sectoral, coherent strategic policy and programming framework to ensure a coordinated national response to the crisis of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, civil society initiatives continue to bridge the gap.
1st for Women looks at where we are at with three government-level interventions towards ending GBV: the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NCGBVF), the DNA backlog, and Life-Skills curriculum delivery in public schools.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON GBV
The establishment of the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NCGBVF) was one of the key promises made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019. The NCGBVF is tasked with implementing the National Strategic Plan on GBVF. Without the NCGBVF there can be no effective action against GBV by the government.