WOMEN Affairs, Community and Small and Medium enterprises Minister, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni has implored families to honor women and shun gender based violence if the family institution is to continue serving its purpose.
Speaking during a press briefing Minister Nyoni highlighted that some women even lost their lives in family institutions because of violence which is channeled towards them in family setups.
It will not be fair to be silent on gender based violence issues when I speak of a family. For generations, women have been the pillars in the family institution, but they have received so much violence and some have lost their lives. Gender Based Violence is counterproductive. Families are also facing challenges of girl child pregnancies, drug abuse, migration of heads of households and guardians and poverty.
“Let me make a call upon all Ministries, Development partners, organisations, religious groups and the private sector to ensure that we all restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict in the families because it is the surest way to peace and sustainable development,” said Minister Nyoni.
Minister Nyoni added that COVID-19 showed the world the importance of families as they demonstrate oneness during hard times.
“The United Nations explained that the Global epidemic of Covid19 highlights the importance of investing in community policies to protect the most vulnerable people and families. It is the families that bear the brunt of the crisis, protect their members from harm, care for illiterate children and at the same time continue work responsibilities. In this Covid19 era, we have demonstrated the importance of being a family and the importance of oneness through adherence to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid19 guidance.
“This disaster made us realise that we are one family no matter our differences in religion, politics and other issues as everybody is seen putting on a mask, sanitising and maintaining social distance just to mention a few WHO guidelines. My Ministry is mandated to coordinate and implement programmes that promote women empowerment, gender equality, community, development, SMEs and Cooperative development.”
She also said, “In the absence of a compact family, my task as Minister would be difficult to accomplish. As we set out to implement community based support initiatives, my Ministry`s success depends on the existence of families which are intact, families which have security and safety for all members in a family. We do have different types of families, some male headed, some female headed and some child headed. All these families require a place of comfort and security, a place of love and unity.”