UN WOMEN SAYS IT’S A SHAME SOUTH AFRICA IS RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

pretoria, The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, better known as UN Women, has challenged the religious sector to transform the picture of gender-based violence in South Africa.

Anne Shongwe, Un Women's Representative for southern Africa, says it is a shame that South Africa is the rape capital of the world when addressing a dialogue organized by the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference on positive masculinity here Tuesday.

Shongwe said research showed that close to 90 per cent of South Africans go to some religious institution. This means the religious community has the largest audience and has a better opportunity to influence behaviour in the country than government or sport.

But if 90 per cent of us are in the church, of whatever form of faith, and 30 per cent, 20 per cent, 50 per cent are perpetrators of violence, then the statistics say you are sitting in church," she added.

"What I see is a massive opportunity and the reason that we work with faith-based organizations is that you, more than anyone else, especially the leaders of different faiths, have the opportunity to shape different practices, different types of relationships between men and women, than anybody else, even the government.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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