CAPE TOWN – Spiralling levels of violence against women in Africa require immediate action from governments and businesses, including tangible measures to create safe spaces.
This is according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa Report, which stated that the business community should also step up to the plate by backing a gender-based fund to address the deep-rooted problems behind physical and sexual assaults.
As the world enters the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) Africa seeks to forge a new path towards societal and economic growth, reads the report in part.
One of the top outcomes of the meeting was the launch of an action plan aimed at tackling the crisis of gender-based violence. The plan is backed by the South African government through the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations in South Africa.
The executive director of African Monitor Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso urged technology companies to take a lead in delivering solutions. “It would take a click of a finger for a tech company to say we are going to deploy software that can assist us with an emergency response system for poor women in South Africa free of charge.”
African Monitor said in a statement on Tuesday that it was pleased that WEF on Africa had adopted an action plan to focus on the fight against gender-based violence in South Africa.