Ramaphosa: 'Violence against women is a problem of men'

Ramaphosa: 'Violence against women is a problem of men'

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the government's annual campaign of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

Cyril Ramaphosa Mpumalanga High Court opening

Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the Witpoort police station in Lephalale, Limpopo on Monday.

Earlier this year, Ramaphosa announced that R1.6 billion has been allocated to curb the scourge of gender-based violence in the country.

Ramaphosa said at the root of gender-based violence are sexist and patriarchal attitudes. 

"Far too many men and boys believe women are inferior, that they are the property of their husbands and fathers, and worse yet, that women and girls 'deserve' to be raped because of how they dress, the places they visit, and the friends they keep."

"This campaign will complement a wider 365-day, year-round education, awareness and prevention campaign that government will roll out in partnership with civil society." 

"I will say it again - violence against women is not a problem of women, it is a problem of men," concluded the President.

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