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North West Province Intensifies Battle Against GBVF: R17 Million Allocated to NPOs

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Mahikeng – The North West province is ramping up its efforts to combat the persistent problem of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), with an announcement by Acting Premier Nono Maloyi that 20 non-profit organisations will receive funding to bolster services provided to victims.

During the recent State of the Province Address (SOPA), Maloyi laid bare the concerning rise in GBV cases that overwhelmingly impact the vulnerable groups within the community. “The province is saddened by a growing number of gender-based violence incidents, which largely affects women, girl children, the elderly, and people with disabilities,” the provincial administration released in a statement on Sunday.

It was revealed that the Department of Social Development has earmarked R17 million to support NPOs offering vital services to persons with disabilities – a demographic often marginalised in the discourse on violence. Further supporting victims, Maloyi disclosed that “792 victims received sheltering services” in a push to reinforce the response to the GBVF crisis.

The commitment to victim empowerment was underscored by the Acting Premier’s assurance of ongoing financial and specialised backing to 19 victim empowerment centres. “Government will continue to provide financial and professional support to 19 victim empowerment centres, to ensure that the victims are provided with accommodation, basic counselling, court preparation, and psycho-social support services,” Maloyi declared.

Adjacent to the supportive measures, the province is also focusing on collaborative work with law enforcement agencies to draw a more united front against GBV and ensure victims receive coordinated care.

In a significant push for women empowerment, funds have been allocated with precision to directly assist women in business and skills development. Maloyi highlighted that “eight women-led cooperatives and individuals would benefit from R1.4 million,” which will pave the way for their upskilling and commercial progress. Furthermore, he announced that “a further R4.5m has been set aside to support women cooperatives and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to provide market access for their products and commodities.”

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