Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality, and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. In south Africa, gender based violence was declared a national crisis in September 2019.
Following this, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a four-day workshop on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) & Cybercrime from 19th to 22nd November 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The four-day workshop brought together 45 participants from stakeholder agencies which are against Gender-Based Violence and Cybercrime including the South African Police Services (SAPS). The workshop was aimed at strengthening the ability of police and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute gender-based violence that stems from the misuse and abuse of technology.
The workshop was graced by Major General Bafana Linda, the National Head of Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offenses at the South African Police Service (SAPS), Zhuldyz Akisheva, Regional Representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Southern Africa and Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member. It was led by seasoned facilitators who included Melba Pearson, the Deputy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) of Florida, Audace Garnett, Technology Safety Specialist with Safety Net at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and Chief Trial Deputy, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.