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The Covid-19 pandemic has made women more vulnerable to violence, but also shown their resilience on the frontlines

The Covid-19 pandemic has made women more vulnerable to violence, but also shown their resilience on the frontlinesWomen don’t get to get pleasure from their freedoms, says one official (Omar Lopez/Unsplash)

On International Women’s day, Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale lamented how vulnerable the pandemic has made women. She also recommended the women who’ve been at the forefront of the disaster.

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As it has with many different socio-economic circumstances, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender-based violence, making women even more vulnerable.



“Women face a higher risk of GBV in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak,” mentioned Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale. “The scourge of GBV is dubbed a second pandemic to the coronavirus and the vulnerable people of our society are victims of the violence.”

Rakgoale was talking at a digital occasion marking International Women’s Day on 8 March. International Women’s Day is a world day celebrating the social, financial, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a name to motion for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.’

Stripped of freedoms and dignity

But the MEC discovered little to rejoice, saying GBV has curtailed South African women’s skill to get pleasure from these freedoms. Crime statistics throughout this era also confirmed a rise gender-based violence throughout the nation.

“Women are becoming an endangered species in this country. The number of women who are killed on daily basis in this country is alarming. The number of women who get violated through rape is astonishing. The number of women who are sexually harassed at work or devastating. Each day we see a dreadful episode of women being stripped of their dignity,” mentioned Rakgoale.

The MEC known as on the nationwide police service to commit more resources to addressing GBV in communities.

“We also call on the courts to refuse bail to perpetrators of domestic abuse as in most cases such perpetrators go on to kill their spouses whilst on bail,” she mentioned. “We further call on the court to impose harsher sentences on those who are found guilty of abusing women and children.”

Empowering women

The financial results of the pandemic have also disproportionately affected women. More women have lost their jobs and slipped into poverty than males, statistic present. One manner to assist women depart abusive relationships was to be certain that they’re economically unbiased, mentioned Jeanette Mashigo of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa. She urged the MEC and different authorities to assist foster women’s social improvement.

“We would like to see prioritizing of women enterprises in all the procurement of our sector department in the province as well as  in the private sectors, because most of the families are women headed, those women being windowed, single, you can imagine how difficult it is for them to raise their children single-handedly,” she mentioned.

“This will provide a solution to the dependence experienced by woman in abusive relationships that end up leading to gender-based violence, because they know very well that they do not have anything to do to support their children hence they choose to stay in those relationships that often end in their demise.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 35% of women globally will face sexual and/or intimate associate violence in their lifetime. And in humanitarian crises, ranges of those and different types of violence primarily based on gender inequality grows more acute.

Women on the frontlines

Despite their vulnerability throughout the pandemic, women have also been at the forefront of the disaster. The MEC also took the alternative to commend the contributions of women.

“I also want to take this opportunity to salute and commend all those women who are in the forefront of our fight against this pandemic. I talk of women doctors, women nurses, those women in health laboratories and all the women in the private and public healthcare system,” she mentioned.

Globally, women have been also on the entrance strains of the Covid-19 disaster, in accordance to the United Nations (UN). As well being care employees, caregivers, innovators, neighborhood organisers and as a few of the most exemplary and efficient nationwide leaders in combating the pandemic.

“The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry,” mentioned the UN.— Health-e News



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