Various speakers from a variety of Africa based organisations are joining their voices to for a Men’s Gender Based Violence Conference set to be held at The Maslow in Sandton, this coming Saturday.
Over the past 18+ months amidst the COVID-19 pandemic there was a notable increase in violence against children and women continues to tear the nation apart, which is a further growing epidemic. ACT Africa’s (Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa’s) cry out, combined with the dedicated voices from other supporting organisations, directly calls out the violence women and children face every day in South Africa and across the African continent.
GBVF and Human Trafficking has been steadily increasing over the past 5 years but more so since Covid-19 hit the globe and the continent. The consequence of lockdown being of major economic downturn, which resultantly impacted negatively on Socio-Economic conditions plundering many into poverty making people vulnerable to the evils of Human Trafficking and GBVF; and thus real cases of these atrocities have since spiked.
GBVF is South Africa’s second Pandemic with the rest of the world is not far behind. Domestic Violence has increased during Covid-19 lockdown as frustration levels have reached new highs. Forced Labour and sex trafficking have equally increased as traffickers thrive in situations like the world is experiencing with Covid-19 by preying on peoples vulnerabilities.
Latest Crime Stats reported a 66.2% increase in murder. When compared with the same period prior in 2019, the murder rate would have increased by 6.7%. A shattering 10 006 cases of rape were registered April and June 2021. This is an increase of 4 201 cases, amounting to a 72.4% increase when compared to the same period in 2020. However, if compared to the same period in 2019, before the lockdown, the increase drops to 2.8%.
At least 10 006 people were raped between April and June 2021. This is an increase of 4 201 cases, amounting to a 72.4% increase, compared to the same time last year. A sample of 5 439 rape cases revealed that 3 766 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist. Of the total figures, 487 rape cases were domestic violence related.
ACTA will host workshops alongside talks that will tackle topics with key note speakers who will make up an international panel at the upcoming Men’s GBV Conference this weekend.
Amongst speakers expected this Saturday include best-selling South African Author, Inspirational Speaker, Dad Coach and Consultant to the Corporate Sector in Strategy and Human Resource Development – Craig Wilkinson; Founder and Executive Chairman of MADA (Moving Ahead Development Agency) – Tshepo Mokoena; Co-Founder/Chairperson of ACT Africa and Humanitarian/ Entrepreneur – Hilary Leong; CEO of Rebranding Africa, Ambassador of Tourism, Arts & Culture for Ghana, Co-founder of ACT Africa, seasoned Philanthropist & Spokesperson for several GBV organisations and orphanages in Africa – Matthew Mensah; Musician, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and Founder of ACT Now Men’s Movement – Tebogo Lerole; Professor Carla Hibbert-Latimer – ACT Africa Ambassador for USA and Lecturer at St Thomas University in Miami.
A full day’s programme filled with informative key note addresses and entertainment is expected for the day. Be sure to register to attend online or at The Maslow in Sandton and see a full list of over 20 speakers including the Department of Social Development Gauteng, MEC Morakane Mosupyoe.