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Draft Policy Framework to Address Gender-Based Violence Drawn Up

May 3, 2019

Department of Higher Education and Training

3 May 2019

A Draft Policy Framework to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Post-School Education and Training System has been drawn up.

The higher education and training department published the Draft Policy Framework in Government Gazette 42437 for comment.

It was drafted in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act and the Higher Education Act.

According to the foreword, the Draft Policy Framework seeks to direct the post-school education and training (PSET) system in contributing towards identifying effective responses and solutions to what is clearly a deeply complex social challenge for South Africa.

“It is our vision that this Policy Framework will become part of the solution, not only to address gender-based violence in our institutions, but also to engage society and communities in curbing gender-based violence.”

Some of the Draft Policy Framework’s aims include conceptualising GBV and defining its manifestation in terms of existing laws and policies, outlining the international and national regulatory framework governing responses to GBV, providing guidance around the structures, mechanisms and processes that PSET institutions must put in place to address GBV and setting out a framework for oversight of the department’s and PSET institutions’ development and implementation of policy.

Goals include creating an enabling environment to inform, prevent, support and monitor GBV in PSET institutions, putting comprehensive awareness and prevention programmes in place and putting supportive, efficient and reparative assistance procedures to complainants/victims in place.

The Draft Policy Framework focuses on, inter alia, conceptualizing GBV, key principles for GBV policy development and implementation, policy mandates, goals of the policy framework, theory of change and policy implementation.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.