On 1 August this year, women across the country staged a 'total shutdown' in protest at violence against women, children and gender non-conforming people.
Following #TheTotalShutdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed to convening a National Gender Summit.
Delegates from civil society organisations, including traditional leaders and faith-based organisations, and government are expected to the summit which begins Friday.
Lesley Ncube is National Spokesperson for #TheTotalShutDown.
We came together as #TotalShutdown with civil society a few weeks ago just to map pre-summit ideas on what we want and we have about five key asks from the government.— Lesley Ncube, National Spokesperson of #TheTotalShutDown
Some of the five key asks consist of an emergency multi-sector gender-based violence council; we demand decriminalisation of sex work and we want a commitment to a national strategic plan towards gender-based violence.— Lesley Ncube, National Spokesperson of #TheTotalShutDown
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : #TotalShutdown: National Gender Summit to call for decriminalisation of sex work