R17-million approved to support GBV victims: Solidarity Fund

R17-million approved to support GBV victims: Solidarity Fund

The Solidarity Fund has approved R17-Million towards initiatives that support gender-based violence victims.

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The Fund’s humanitarian lead says they’ve noticed an increasing number of cases, as the country reels from the impact of COVID-19. 

Wendy Tlou says funds will be allocated to government centres and NPOs that support a network of more than 100 shelters around the country.

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The funds will be used to resource the GBV command centre with additional staff. As well as supply them with the necessary equipment to enable the centre, to cope with the recent upsurge in calls and messages.

PPE will be procured and critical equipment such as rape kits for the National Shelter Movement and the Thuthuzela Care Centres. 

"This intervention marks the next phase of our humanitarian effort as we respond to the different phases of the pandemic," she said. 


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