Sexual violence NGOs welcome budget allocations, call for immediate release of funds

The Shukumisa Campaign cautiously welcomed allocations made in the National Budget 2013 to assist in sexual violence services, but stressed that these funds must be released with immediate effect.

“The last few weeks have underscored the virulent extent of daily, grinding violence against women and the need for an urgent response. We call on government to make these funds available immediately,” the Campaign said.

In his budget speech on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated that funds would be allocated to increase the employment of social workers and to provide additional support to non-governmental organisations providing critical welfare services. He also indicated increased funding for the Thuthuzela Centres, as well as the funds towards improving detective and forensic capability.

The Shukumisa Campaign welcomed these allocations, but wants more details about how these funds will be used and when the funds will be made available.

“Services addressing violence against women are at crisis point,” the Shukumisa Campaign said on Wednesday.

Many specialised rape survivor care centres based at the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC) have received no funding towards these services since September 2012. The Department of Social Development has given no more than R5.7-million to 22 of the Shukumisa Campaign’s membership organisations in the last year. This has led to lost jobs, retrenchments and diminished services for South African rape survivors.

For comment:

Kathleen Dey, 084 568 5356

Samantha Waterhouse 084 522 9646

Lisa Vetten 082 822 6725

Issued by the Shukumisa Campaign whose 28 members include Adapt, Childline SA, Community Law Centre Parliamentary Participation Unit, Gender Health and Justice Research Unit (GHJRU), Greater Rape Intervention Project (GRIP), Justice and Women (JAW), Legal Resources Centre, Lethabong Legal Advice Centre, Lifeline/Rape Crisis Pietermaritzburg, Limpopo Legal Advice Centre, Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, Mosaic, Nisaa Women’s Support Centre, Peddie Women’s Support Centre, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Project Empower, RAPCAN, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, Remmoho, Teddy Bear Clinic, Sonke Gender Justice Network, Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme, Thusanang Advice Centre, Tipfuxeni Community Counselling Centre, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women, Women on Farms Project

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