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Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund 1 Launched

February 9, 2021

The Presidency

Amended legislation on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) that builds on legislative reforms initiated under the Emergency Response Action Plan is one of the National Strategic Plan’s (NSP) priorities.

In a statement, the presidency confirmed that this is one of the programmes to which the recently launched GBVF Response Fund 1 will allocate financial support.

The Fund was launched last week.

According to the presidency, a “range of companies participating in the launch pledged a total of R128 170 000 in contributions to the private-sector led, multi-sectoral fund that will support the implementation of the NSP”.

The NSP was drawn up last year and sets out South Africa’s roadmap to fight GBVF.

The Emergency Response Plan ended in March 2020.

Other programmes to which financial support will be directed include strengthening multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration across different tiers of government and sections of society; boosting delivery capacity in South Africa to roll out evidence-based prevention programmes; shifts away from toxic masculinities towards embracing positive alternative approaches for expressing masculinities and other sexual and gender identities within specific communities/groups; safe and violent-free public spaces; demonstrated commitment through policy interventions by the state, private sector and other key stakeholders to eliminate the impact of economic drivers of GBV and adoption of GBV policies and programming interventions informed by existing evidence-based research.