Women from across the African continent have called on heads of states and business leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) to prioritise the safety of women and children in the continent.
Speaking at the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso of African Monitor, wasted no time in suggesting a tangible solution, calling on tech companies to create an emergency response system.
“We need to ask the question as to what we can do as a platform, big as the World Economic Forum. For me two or three things stand out at the top of my head. You have the most powerful African global leaders here.
“Why is it that they have not come together and say how can we address this immediately. For instance, interesting mechanism such as the gender based violence fund for example, is something that we have been calling for. There are tech companies that are here, tech businesses, entrepreneurs, speed data companies that are here, (sic)” said Mniki-Mangaliso.
This comes as the numbers on gender based violence are on the rise in Africa, more particularly South Africa.The South African Police Service regularly releases a breakdown of murder victims by age group and sex. Their latest data show that 20 336 people were murdered in 2017/18.