Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
The setting up of a National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) is to be fast-tracked.
In a statement, the department of women, youth and persons with disabilities confirmed that a recent Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on GBVF virtual meeting had extensively deliberated on the processes for the establishment of the National Council on GBVF.
The IMC consists of the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who is the convener, together with the Ministers of Police; Finance; Justice and Correctional Services; Social Development; Public Service and Administration.
It was established by Cabinet to focus on the institutional arrangements and coordination to ensure the effective implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBVF, 2020-2030.
“The National Council will be an independent and non-partisan Advisory Body and will provide strategic leadership in implementing the NSP, facilitate resourcing, coordination and accountability in responding to GBVF.”
According to the department, the IMC also discussed and agreed on a roadmap for the setting up of the Council; the Terms of Reference for the Council and the nomination process for candidates who will serve on the National Council.
A Technical Team of deputy director-generals from the departments represented in the IMC is also on the cards to be nominated by 11 June 2020.