Ubank stands AGAINST Gender Based Violence
- Post DateTue Aug 04 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, another pandemic has been sweeping across the country in a form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). There has been a significant increase in the GBV cases in particular crimes against woman and children since the Lockdown restrictions in South Africa. This was highlighted by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation on 17 June 2020.
Reports suggest that the number of GBV cases had risen by 500% since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. The Covid-19 crisis exacerbated the problems faced by women in abusive relationships, because they became trapped with their abusers with no possibility to escape or call for help. Furthermore, the rate at which women in South Africa are murdered by intimate partners is five times higher than the global average, according to the World Health Organisation. During the month of August, we celebrate women in commemoration of their struggles faced over the decades and rejuvenate our commitment to strive for a society that is free of all kinds of discrimination, more especially discrimination against women.
We want to leverage on our Ubank declaration against GBV that we made last year. Let’s be part of what we hope will give rise to an unstoppable force that will ensure women and children live free from violence and abuse. GBV is one of the main issues South African Women face – this is a topic that we will be highlighting during Women’s month. Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward!