Students at the University of Kwalzulu-Natal, have produced a powerful piece on the increase in Gender-Based Violence during the South-African COVID 19 lockdown.

GRH Cohort Video engaging GBV during COVID19 Lockdown South-Africa

The 2020 Gender and Religion Master Cohort took it upon themselves to create this short video, as they were collectively moved by the dramatic increase in Gender-Based Violence during the South African COVID19 lockdown. The video aims to create awareness of GBV in intimate spaces and also asks critical questions regarding the involvement of faith communities in the process of addressing the issue. Most profoundly the video offers a virtual community of care for those struggling due to the life-denying realities created by situations of abuse, intimidation, and violence. If you are in need of care, support, or intervention due to GBV during the Covid19 pandemic in South Africa please make use of the services offered by The Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC). The Centre operates a National, 24hr/7days-a-week Call Centre facility. The Centre operates an Emergency Line number – 0800 428 428. This is supported by a USSD, “please call me” facility: *120*7867#. A Skype Line ‘Helpme GBV’ for members of the deaf community also exists. (Add ‘Helpme GBV’ to your Skype contacts). An SMS Based Line 31531 for persons with disabilities (SMS ‘help’ to 31531) also exists. The Centre is able to refer calls directly to SAPS (10111) and field Social Workers who respond to victims of GBV.

Posted by Religion and Theology UKZN Pietermaritzburg on Monday, 8 June 2020

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