MEDIA ADVISORY: Heritage sector to address Gender Based Violence

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n commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) will host a dialogue on behalf of the Heritage sector to challenge and denounce cultural practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and coming up with solutions towards a gender equal society. The virtual dialogue will be hosted on Thursday, 09 December 2021 at 16h00.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is a United Nations campaign, which is held annually from 25 November to 10 December. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the negative impact that gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) has on women and children, and the social fabric of our society.

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The dialogue brings the following women leadership in the Heritage Institutions as panel speakers to address the scourge of GBV&F; Ms Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park, Adv. Lungisa Malgas CEO of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA); Ditsong Museums of South Africa’ Marketing manager, Ms Lemohang Zincume and with Ms Elodie Seoteseng Tlhoaele, Council member of the NHC, being the Moderator.

This year’s campaign will be held under the theme: The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: 16 Days of Activism – moving from awareness to accountability” and takes place as the latest crime statistics show an increase in rapes, domestic violence, and child murders.

“As a Heritage institution we cannot ignore the fact that gendered power inequality rooted in patriarchy, commonly practiced in some of our traditional communities, contribute as primary drivers of GBV & Femicide,” says Chief Executive of the NHC, Dr Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni.

In South Africa, Gender Based Violence is seen to be a profound and widespread problem. It has been described as a ‘pandemic’, and like a disease, it continues to cripple our society, depriving women and children of their right to be safe and continue with their daily lives without fear of being murdered or raped, if not both.

Participate and play your part

To participate in the virtual dialogue, register on Zoom or join the live stream on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NationalHeritageCouncil/

Please find the draft programme attached.

For interview arrangements, please contact Ms Tebogo Shilakwe (Public Relations Officer) on  082 657 7064 or email t.shilakwe@nhc.org.za .

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