People Opposing Women Abuse Comments on the 2013/4 Budget

Thursday, 28 February, 2013 - 15:41

We would have liked more funds being allocated to organisations and programmes that support rape and domestic violence survivors as there are high numbers of rape and violence in this country, but there is no enough capacity within the NGO sector to provide specialised services in response

We would have liked more funds being allocated to organisations and programmes that support rape and domestic violence survivors as there are high numbers of rape and violence in this country, but there is no enough capacity within the NGO sector to provide specialised services in response. We also would have liked to see a focus on prevention programmes as far as domestic violence and rape is concerned.

Though the NHI model has been piloted in 10 areas, we would like to see it being piloted in more areas and also to see it being more effective as healthcare issues in this country affect mainly women. Effective and efficient health care will result in lower infant mortality rates and fewer challenges regarding access to healthcare facilities. Research shows that the majority of people trying to access healthcare facilities are women, so a more effective healthcare system will ensure fewer deaths.

Overall, it is not clear how women who are the most vulnerable group in our society are going to benefit from the budget allocations made by the minister. The budget does not outline any specific women centred programmes which will be undertaken in the coming financial year.

Nonku Khumalo
Media Officer
People Opposing Women Abuse
www.powa.co.za

 

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