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ANC Youth League appeals for protection of Women`s Rights

5 December 2012

"From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let`s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women" is apertinent theme for this year`s 16 Days of Activism Campaign. It is well documented that violence transfers from the home and spills over into our society.

As the South Africa and the world mark 16 Days of Activism Campaign, the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League calls on its members to continue advocating for the respect and protection of women`s rights in their communities. We should also practice what we preach.

South Africa worked hard over many years to attain ourdemocracy and equal rights for all who live in the country; we cannot allow criminals to turn us into a society where some members of our society live in perpetual fear. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon once reported that, "Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women`s lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence - yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned."

The cover-up and condoning of such violence should not be allowed to continue in South Africa. Regrettably there is agrowing new trend of violence in the country.

In November this year the ANC Youth League learnt with shock about the killing of a young woman at the Samora Machel informal settlement in the Western Cape following an argument allegedly because of her sexual orientation. This and corrective rape are the growing negative trends in South Africa and we should condemn them with the disdain they deserve.

We appeal to all communities to work with the police to ensure that perpetrators of violence against women are brought to book. Where the police are failing them, they must escalate matters to relevant authorities.

Issued by the ANC Youth League