SABC calls on listeners to take a stand against gender-based violence during lockdown
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Police minister Bheki Cele recently revealed,
during a press briefing in Pretoria, that more than 80 000 new cases of domestic violence have been reported since the lockdown started.
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is how you can get help
Women and girls are forced to be with their abusers all day,
every day during this period. In response to this and trying to lend a helping
hand, the SABC as a public broadcaster is participating in a campaign to help fight
gender-based violence (GBV).
SABC radio is calling on its listeners to take part in the GBV
campaign, an initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), to
turn down the volumes of their radios.
The initiative, called Turn Down Your Radio, was launched
yesterday in a bid to raise awareness of the increase in GBV during the
Covid-19 lockdown. It also seeks to encourage proactive steps by ordinary
people to take a stand against women and girls falling victims to abuse.
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“The SABC is pleased to be participating in the Turn down
your Radio campaign where together with other broadcasters we highlight the
plight of #GBV. We as the SABC are committing to supporting the eradication of
this scourge. #TurnDownYourRadio [sic],” the broadcaster tweeted.
The campaign will direct victims and GBV whistle-blowers to the
department of social development’s official portal where they will get the help
Radio stations will use different mechanisms to educate and
inform listeners such as live reads, making use of social media and engagements
with experts on the subject.
Nadia Bulbulia, executive director of NAB, says this
initiative is in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to get rid of
“Broadcasters are providing an essential service during the
lockdown and are working tirelessly in support of government programmes to
address societal issues. We therefore commend the NAB CRC for this vital
campaign at this incredibly difficult time in our country and globally,” she
Members of the public who feel threatened in any way, can
contact the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre on 0800-428-428 or *120*786#.
Thuthuzela Care Centres remain open around the country for