End the Violence: Towards a National Strategic Plan on GBV

Why an NSP?

As we have learned from South Africa’s experience with HIV, a National Strategic Plan (NSP) can be an important tool to gain the political commitment and funding required to tackle large social challenges that need a coordinated response among diverse stakeholders. An NSP creates a national roadmap, aligns the country around strategic priorities, and creates an accountability mechanism for government’s performance.

Why Now?

The scale of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa is enormous and unacceptable. We already largely know what is required to prevent and respond to GBV – what has been lacking are the resources and political will to do so. South Africa has many good laws and policies on GBV - what we lack is a comprehensive plan for implementation. Promises were made by President Jacob Zuma’s administration beginning in 2012 to create the 1st NSP on GBV. After nearly two years of very slow progress, in July 2014 Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, suspended the work of the National GBV Council and the NSP development. There are many discouraging indications that the new minister/ministry is uninterested in continuing the NSP process.

With the formal national process to develop an NSP for GBV stalled, it lies with civil society to lay out our demands for the NSP as clearly as possible and to push the fight for funding and political accountability forward.

What Do We Want?

A fully costed NSP for GBV by the end of 2015

More specifically, we want the government to develop and launch an NSP for GBV that:

  • Creates improved implementation of GBV response services;
  • Focuses heavily and invests strategically in prevention;
  • Creates real accountability through clear institutional arrangements with clear measurable commitments;
  • Is fully costed and commits significant new resources; and

Next Steps:

11 - 19 November 2014: Provincial Roundtables - Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga. 

In the lead up to 16 Days of Activism, we are working to coordinate several provincial roundtables, at which we can gather civil society to discuss the campaign for the GBV NSP and to get feedback on specific demands and priorities that people want to see in the NSP. These will help to build increased awareness, buy-in and commitment to the campaign nationally. The following provincial consultations have been confirmed: Eastern Cape [11 November 2014, East London], KwaZulu-Natal [13 November 2014], Pietermaritzburg]. We are working quickly to get others scheduled in mid to late November.

25 November 2014: National Day of Action - Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Bisho

On 25 November 2014, government will officially launch their 16 Days activities with a ‘National Debate on 16 Days’ to be chaired by the Deputy President and a special joint sitting of National Assembly. This will be livelinked with Provincial legislatures and Premiers in all South Africa’s nine provinces.

We have decided to coordinate our National Day of Action on the GBV NSP on this day. We plan to have a march on Parliament in Cape Town, as well as solidarity events at as many provincial legislatures as possible. As of now we have been discussing solidarity actions at the Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga legislatures. We will have placards, banners, etc. with messaging about the need for the GBV NSP. We will also have postcards to be distributed. On the front of the postcards there will be stories of diverse South Africans affected by GBV. On the back we will ask people to share their own experience with GBV or their own reason why South Africa needs an NSP for GBV. We will collect these postcards during the Day of Action, as well as throughout 16 Days, to be delivered to Minister Shabangu.

10 December 2014: Postcard Delivery to the Minister


On 10 December, the Ministry of Women will be hosting a National Men's Dialogue in Bloemfontein, to close 16 Days of Activism. Men from across the country will be transported to Free State for dialogue as culmination of provincial dialogues and commitment making.

We will use this occasion to deliver all of the postcards to Minister Shabangu and demand a response on the status of the NSP. We will also express our concerns about this approach of having a men-only dialogue.

27 January 2015: National Summit on GBV NSP

At the summit we will gather representatives from diverse communities, organisations and sectors to workshop the NSP framework document currently under development. We will invite senior government officials to attend and respond to demands, and we will map out a way forward - either through a resumed government NSP development process or through the launching of a more comprehensive civil society shadow NSP development process, with a final product to be delivered to government in March/April 2015

For more information or to get involved contact:

Katie Bollbach
Tel: 011-339-3589
Mobile: 073 864 7044
Email: katie@genderjustice.org.za

For more about the South African National AIDS Council Women Sector, refer to www.sanac.org.za/civil-society-sectors/item/14-women-s-sector.

To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.

Date published: 
Friday, 7 November, 2014
South African National AIDS Council Women Sector

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