SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY URGED TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged South African society to play its part in the government’s programmes that curb HIV infections and gender-based violence.

“It is evident that there is a lot that the government, supported by its partners, is doing in the area of tackling the challenge of HIV and gender-based violence. The programmes will only have a real impact if we as society take responsibility for the well-being of all young girls and women in our country,” he said here Wednesday.

The Deputy President, who was responding to oral questions in the National Assembly, also said that any investment in programmes which ensured that the young giurls and women attained their full potential would secure a much better future, full of opportunities, for all these young women.

He said that while the country had made great progress over the past few years over prevention treatment, care and support, new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women remained persistently high and the government was dedicating a lot of attention and resources to this age group through a number of programmes.

In addition, he added, the government and some of its development partners were providing resources for a wide range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with expertise and experience who are working with girls and young women.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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