Teach Safety Now: use education in all South African schools to decrease GBV

Teach Safety Now: use education in all South African schools to decrease GBV

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Amahle Ntshinga started this petition to South African Government and

South Africa has the highest Gender Based Violence (GBV) rates in the world & yet we do not have effective anti-GBV education at all schools, from primary to tertiary education.

In other countries like Kenya they have successfully decreased their GBV stats at certain schools with the use of anti-GBV education. We petition to have the South African Department of Education to do the same & teach our school children anti-GBV education, with the hopes of making this country safer for future generations.

As of today, South Africa anti-GBV strategy is not proactive & it puts a lot of the responsibility on woman avoiding violence as opposed to teaching people a) what exactly is GBV b) what enables GBV c) what to do when you’re around GBV & d) why & how you should stop abusing. With the use of anti-GBV education we could finally take pro-active measures in decreasing South Africa’s GBV stats. 

In Nairobi, Kenya they implemented the “Your Moment of Truth” program & as of 2018 over 250,000 school children in ~300 schools participated in the program to use education to decrease GBV. At the beginning of the program 80% of the boys thought it was okay to sexual assault a woman or girl if she was wearing a short, after 9 months only 30% of the boys thought it was okay. Other improvements after 9 months of the program: assault by a friend or boyfriend decreased by 20% & there was a 51% decrease in reported sexual assault cases in those schools. 

GBV starts at a young age & according to the Medical Research Council, 73% of South African men who admitted to sexually assaulting someone first committed the assault at age 19 or younger. Additionally, over 25% of South African men in the Medical Research Council study admitted to sexual assaulting someone. 

Our justice system has room for improvement because only 1 in 25 sexual assault perpetrators are convicted for their crime & that strategy is very reactive instead of proactive. Additionally, South Africa’s GBV stats are 5 times higher than the world average, we need a new approach to decrease GBV & create a safer country for all. 

 

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