- Bogopane-Zulu put forward some strong opinions at a conference addressing gender-based violence and femicide
- In her address, Bogopane-Zulu made it clear that she believes women are not only victims of gender-based violence and femicide but contributors too
- The public shared their mixed views on social media
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Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu had a lot to say about the part women play in gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence and femicide have taken South Africa by shock, harming and killing girls and women across the country on a daily basis.
Briefly.co.za learnt that during her keynote address on Wednesday at a conference titled "Prevention of Violence against women and girls in Southern Africa - from Evidence to Action", Bogopane-Zulu outlined that women to play a part in gender-based violence and femicide and that the sole blame does not lay on men.
Bogopane-Zulu outlined how she believes that women are not only victims but contributors too.
Touching on how some women withhold their children from their fathers, Bogopane-Zulu highlighted how this causes anger and range that then turns into acts of gender-based violence and femicide.
Bogopane-Zulu then went on to further explain how she feels this same victim-contributor theory should apply to the spreading of HIV and many other epidemics where women are seen only as the victims and not the contributors.
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She said that it is time women take accountability and that this accountability be noted and considered when creating programmes to address these epidemics.
When asked to clarify the statements she made, Bogopane-Zulu made it very clear that she believes women play a part in gender-based violence and femicide and that women-headed households are a major contributing factor.
The public has taken to social media to share their opinion on Bogopane-Zulu’s statement. While some agree with her statement others did not.
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