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  South Africa is facing a big problem gender based violence While the statistics tell a disturbing story the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more especially men to confront this scourge As the Western Cape Government WCG we are doing everything we can to address gender based violence But today Prime Minister Alan Winde officials from the Prime Minister s Office Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis decided do a little more They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station Such facilities offer survivors of crime particularly gender based violence safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support as well as more information about other support services It may just be a lick of paint but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint brushes rollers and the like and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims Empowerment Room a place of dignity comfort and security Prime Minister Winde noted Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room It s a small gesture but we do it with deep compassion However I repeat it the Premier emphasized it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year we have to do something 365 days a year More importantly we have to stop this scourge once and for all She emphasized We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender based violence we all have to do our bit in any way we can Before turning to the job at hand Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts The work you do is very important It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area Mayor Hill Lewis said Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer The WCG is tackling gender based violence and promoting gender equality and women s empowerment in a number of ways Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts cultural activities and sports We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries through our arts and culture programs giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects The Department offers several programs dealing with gender based violence and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector which has a dedicated focus on women We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year CapeNature s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country there are still too many people especially young women out of work in the province That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women owned MSMEs and provides training programs focused on upskilling women so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women s Month Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women s health issues to empower women women where the Health and Well being of Women are at the center We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women s health and their need for protection safety and well being incorporating health as everyone s business Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures among others Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe such as street corners and open spaces and design to counter these blind spots Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children Police Oversight and Community Safety We advance and promote equality in the workplace secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen Many young women are given opportunities in male dominated fields such as firefighting welding electrical circuits law enforcement Social Development We promote the well being of women through a basket of services such as psychosocial support services We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez
South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room

1 South Africa is facing a big problem: gender-based violence.

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2 While the statistics tell a disturbing story, the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more, especially men, to confront this scourge.

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3 As the Western Cape Government (WCG), we are doing everything we can to address gender-based violence.

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4 But today, Prime Minister Alan Winde, officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen, along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis decided do a little more.

5 They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station.

6 Such facilities offer survivors of crime, particularly gender-based violence, safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support, as well as more information about other support services.

7 It may just be a lick of paint, but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe, restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief.

8 Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime.

9 The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint, brushes, rollers and the like, and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims’ Empowerment Room a place of dignity, comfort and security.

10 Prime Minister Winde noted: “Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes.

11 The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women’s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room. It’s a small gesture, but we do it with deep compassion.”

12 “However, I repeat it”, the Premier emphasized, “it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year, we have to do something 365 days a year.

13 More importantly, we have to stop this scourge once and for all.”

14 She emphasized: “We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender-based violence, we all have to do our bit in any way we can.

15 .” Before turning to the job at hand, Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts: “The work you do is very important.

16 It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity.” He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area.

17 Mayor Hill-Lewis said, “Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity.

18 Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime.

19 The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer.”

20 The WCG is tackling gender-based violence and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in a number of ways: Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said: “Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts, cultural activities and sports.

21 We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries, through our arts and culture programs, giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports, and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives.” Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative, which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority.

22 “We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects.”

23 The Department offers several programs dealing with gender-based violence, and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47.

24 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls.

25 Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other.

26 “We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water, energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities.

27 I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector, which has a dedicated focus on women.

28 We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year.

29 CapeNature’s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households.”

30 Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, there are still too many people, especially young women, out of work in the province.

31 That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities.

32 “Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through/ The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women-owned MSMEs and provides training programs, focused on upskilling women, so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed,” said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger.

33 Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women’s Month, Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women’s health issues to empower women women, where the Health and Well-being of Women are at the center.

34 “We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women’s health and their need for protection, safety and well-being, incorporating health as everyone’s business.”

35 Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector.

36 The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures, among others: Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services; Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility; Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe, such as street corners and open spaces; and design to counter these blind spots; Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children.

37 Police Oversight and Community Safety “We advance and promote equality in the workplace, secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program,” says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen .

38 Many young women are given opportunities in male-dominated fields such as firefighting, welding, electrical circuits, law enforcement.

39 Social Development “We promote the well-being of women through a basket of services, such as psychosocial support services.

40 We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence.

41 We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women,” said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez.

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