On the 08th December 2017 at the Protea Hotel Pretoria Manor from 10h00-15h00, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Film and Publication Board (FPB) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is collaborating on a dialogue to address the current and future realities facing young people on social media in the context of Gender Based Violence (GBV).  The dialogue will be hosted 8 at the Protea Hotel Pretoria Manor from 10am.

The dialogue coincides with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign and it aims to unpack how social media may desensitize young people to gender based violence.   We have seen a rise in violent content posted online especially content on GBV.  Social media has made it easy to create and upload content which may go viral in seconds.  We have noticed that people would rather take a video of a violent act instead of assisting the victim.  A study that was previously commissioned by FPB to assess the impact that specific classifiable elements have on young people showed that young people are desensitized to violence and horror.

CGE has also conducted a study which has revealed that society has normalized gender based violence especially violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBIT).  Some of the issues that were identified include the rape and murder of young girls and discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientations.

South Africa is rated amongst the worst societies when it comes to violence against women and children.  Violence against women and children does not end with physical violence; other forms of violence include emotional and psychological violence which have no visible scars but have long effects on victims and survivors.  These can be worsened through constant exposure to similar themes on social media and other forms of entertainment media.  Furthermore, content exposure can lead to children being desensitized and normalizing such behavior.

ENDS

Media enquiries:

Ms Manala Botolo

Acting Manager Communications and Public Education (FPB)

Manala.botolo@fpb.org.za

082 860 6748

Mr. Javu Baloyi

CGE Spokesperson

Javu@cge.org.za

083 579 3306

Ms Ziyanda Ngoma

Programme Specialist (UNFPA)

Ngoma@unfpa.org

0722990868

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