South Africa is implementing a strategy based on changing mindsets while promoting partnerships and social inclusion in order to tackle the root causes of gender-based violence, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Wednesday.Tackiling the root causes of gender based violence will take a change in mindset. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterMinister Bathabile Dlamini, who is part of a South African delegation attending the two-week session, was speaking during a roundtable discussion on the importance of primary prevention of gender-based violence.Dlamini noted that, despite UN member-country commitments to tackle such violence, it remained unacceptably high globally, with UN estimates showing that on average one in three women was beaten or raped during her lifetime.Tackling the apartheid legacy of violenceSince 1994, Dlamini said, the South African government had put a number of administrative and legislative instruments in place to address the root causes of violence in general, and gender-based violence in particular.One of these was the National Crime Prevention Strategy of 1996, which recognised that the causes of violence were deep-rooted, relating to South Africa’s history and socio-economic realities, and therefore could not be addressed through policy or legislation alone.Dlamini said South Africa’s violent history of oppression and the struggle for liberation from apartheid had left the country with a “culture of violence”, in which violence was seen as a legitimate means of resolving social, political, community and even domestic conflicts.“For this reason, the strategy advocates for primary prevention anchored on awareness and education, as well as mobilisation and participation of civil society in efforts to address this challenge,” Dlamini said.Too often violence is seen as a legitimate means of resolving social, political, community and even domestic conflicts.. (Image: GovZA)“This is key if we are to transform the social norms and cultural practices that perpetuate violence.”Promoting social inclusionShe added that the country’s preventive agenda was also anchored on promoting social inclusion, because poverty and inequality were major drivers of violence not only in South Africa, but also across the globe.For this reason, the government had prioritised the provision of basic social services, including social grants and the expansion of educational opportunities, especially for vulnerable groups.“Our prevention strategy is also characterised by the establishment of multi-sectoral partnerships, such as the recent establishment of the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and the high-level inter-ministerial committee on the causes of violence against women and children.”She commended the work of South African civil society organisations such as Sonke Gender Justice Network, as well as government leaders, in initiating programmes on gender equality, masculinity and male involvement in prevention.Alcohol and substance abuseAt the same time, the government was making concerted efforts to combat alcohol and substance abuse, both major contributors to violence.“We have recently started with the National Youth Camp, with the hope that we may educate our youth on such matters as social responsibility, love for one’s country, human rights, and other intrinsic values that should make them more responsible citizens of our country and of the global community.”Dlamini said she believed there was increased preparedness at both country and global level to act against violence towards women and children.“Primary prevention must be at the core of this commitment and action, with an emphasis on educating and engaging the community to positively change norms, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence.”Primary prevention with an emphasis on educating and engaging the community is the key to combating gender based violence. (Image: Must Bol)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday sent a show cause notice to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) for including tennis star Sania Mirza’s mother Nasima Mirza in its official contingent for the London Olympics.Nasima’s inclusion in the tennis team’s support staff had caused a furore with many citing it as AITA’s attempt to pacify the upset Sania after she had lashed out at being used as bait?? by the AITA to placate Leander Paes, who had been rejected as a partner by fellow Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.Taking objection to Nasima’s nomination, the top Indian sports body has asked the AITA on why a team of five support staff was being sent with the seven players, especially when only three officials were allowed per team as per the IOA norms.The AITA had nominated Nasima as the manager of the women’s team citing her previous experience at big events.IOA acting president V.K. Malhotra confirmed to Headlines Today that it has sent a show cause notice to the AITA to clarify on Nasima’s nomination as a support staff.
Even as the new owner of IPL cricket franchise Deccan Chargers is all set to be decided by Thursday evening, its present owner — Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) continues to face legal wrangles in selling the cricket team.A civil court in Secunderabad court on Wednesday accepted an urgent petition of Timothy Wright, former Chief Executive of Deccan Chargers, who sought direction to the DCHL and the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to protect the money due to him while finalising the bidder for the IPL franchise. The petition has been posted for hearing on Thursday.The Secunderabad court took up the case following a direction from the High Court in the morning for expediting the execution petition filed by Wright on August 24. The former CEO of Deccan Chargers wanted that the DCHL execute a decree passed by the London court against DCHL on July 16, 2012 for payment of 10.55 million to him for breach of contract. Along with the interest of 8 per cent per annum till repayment, the DCHL is supposed to pay Rs 98 crore to Wright.”However, the Secunderabad court posted the matter to October 3 on the ground that it has to serve notices to the DCHL for filing a counter. Though Wright had filed another petition on August 31, stating that the London court order be executed urgently since the DCHL management was planning to sell off the Deccan Chargers, it was dismissed. So, our client had no option but to move the High Court seeking protection of our money,” Wright’s counsel S Niranjan Reddy told Mail Today.advertisementJustice G.V Seethapathi, who heard the petition, advised Wright to go back to the Secunderabad court since the High Court would not hear a petition which was already pending in the lower court. He, however, directed the lower court to expedite the matter in view of the urgency. “Accordingly, we have gone back to the Secunderabad court, which will hear the matter on Thursday,” Reddy said. He pointed out that Wright did not want the auction of Deccan Chargers be stalled, but only wanted the money due to him be protected before finalising the bidder. “Even if the bidder is finalised on Thursday, it would take a couple of days for the BCCI to officially announce the new owner of the Charger and the sale proceeds are realised. Our client wants that the lenders of the DCHL be paid money only after clearing his dues,” Wright’s counsel said.The Bombay High Court also gave a similar direction on Tuesday, directing that the auction for Deccan Chargers be conducted under the supervision of a court officer and the sale proceeds be deposited in ICICI Bank, after paying 5 per cent to the BCCI. The court gave the order on an urgent petition filed by Tata Capital Financial Services, the company to which the DCHL owes Rs 101 crore. The Tatas sought a direction from the court that the auction should not to be held without the DCHL clearing their dues. The court ordered that the sale proceeds once deposited in the bank cannot be disbursed or appropriated by the company without its prior permission.According to sources, at least four industrial groups – Videocon, RPG, Jaypee and Peepul Capital had purchased the bid documents in Mumbai. They would be filing their bids at Chennai by 12 noon on Thursday. And the winning bidder would be announced by evening.