How Covid-19 technology can be used to fight GBV

CAPE TOWN – Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Social Development in the Western Cape provincial Parliament, Gillion Bosman, says that the Covid-19 hotspot strategy should be used in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

The use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was pivotal in combating the spread of the coronavirus in the Western Cape with access to real-time information ensuring safety measures were in place in vulnerable communities.

“The successfully implemented hot spot model of the Western Cape, later implemented nationally in the fight against Covid-19, demonstrates what can be achieved with the necessary political will,” said Bosman.

“Statistics gathered by the Social Policy Network (SPN) reveal that across call centres, over 120 000 calls were made by gender-based and domestic violence survivors over the first three weeks of lockdown alone.

“This data and other data from the group SA Women Fight Back demonstrates that we need a smart, data-driven approach to the pandemic of GBV,” he said.

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