South Sudan delegation is in South Africa on a victim empowerment support study tour

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South Africa, Pretoria: A delegation from the Republic of South Sudan is currently in South Africa on a two-day Social Development led study tour which commenced today by visiting a victim empowerment shelter in Bronkhorstpruit, Gauteng.

The Study Tour seeks to strengthen collaboration and bilateral working relations as well as sharing of lessons on victim empowerment programmes, focusing on gender-based violence, which has been declared the second pandemic in South Africa.

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The Tour is undertaken as part of the Women’s Month commemoration, which takes place during August and this year, is observed under the theme; “Women’s Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment: Building Back Better for Women’s Resilience.”

Accompanied by the Department of Social Development officials, the South Sudan delegation will tomorrow visit the 24-hour Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC), a 24-hour accessible victim empowerment support tool which deals with various cases of abuse, including Prevention, Response, Care and Support for victims of gender-based violence. 

Amongst its services, the centre provides immediate care and counselling and offers help, hope and the chance of a better life to victims of gender-based violence.

To achieve this, the GBV Command Centre uses mobile technology to estimate the location of a victim, assign the case to the closest support service, including professional Social Workers in the field, and record and receive continuous feedback on the case. Callers can contact the command centre on 0800 428 428 or dial *120*7867#.

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Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Time: 10h00

Venue: Gender Based Command Centre in Salvokop, Pretoria – Gauteng

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