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DENOSA KZN GENDER DESK statement on the 16 Days of  Activism for No Violence Against Women,  Children  and People with Disabilities.

Media statement 
Monday, 25 November 2019
On this important day of 25 November 2019 which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, DENOSA joins the international community in the international awareness raising campaign for no violence against women and children and calls on all gender activists to wear orange tops or doeks every Friday from 25 November to 10 December in support if this campaign to raise awareness against Gender-Based violence. 
The theme for this year is : ORANGE THE WORLD: 
Rape or sexual assault is defined as a form of sexual penetration against the victim without their consent irrespective of whether there is a relationship or not or whether the perpetrator is known or unknown to the victim. 
DENOSA is sad that one of the nurses from Charles Jameson Memorial hospital (CJM)) is not part of this campaign due to the perpetrator who assaulted her to death inside the hospital premises. It is for this reason that DENOSA calls all male nurses to join this campaign by joining the fight against this barbaric act.
We believe that men have a huge role to play in eradicating violence against nurses in the workplace and in the society in general. 
Denosa is disappointed that, on this important month, one of its members got raped on duty which is an indication that health institutions are no longer safe.
No nurse should have to go through this traumatic ordeal, especially at the place of work where she is supposed to be safe.
How is the nurse supposed to work in that environment and how is she supposed to trust patients coming for consultation? 
DENOSA gender desk calls on government to come up with strategies to improve safety in health institutions.
As a gender desk, we call for the department of health, working with communities, to come up with strategies to assist men in dealing with anger and programmes focusing on moral regeneration. 
Government must support women and children that are victims of rape and all kinds of abuse by making available facilities to shelter these victims, which might be the reason for staying in abusive relationships because of lack of options and support.
DENOSA takes this opportunity to condemn violence against LGBTI community and calls for the department to come up with strategies to prevent discrimination of nurses who are LGBTI community and patients by educating all communities about diversity, tolerance and acceptance. 
We urge all gender activists to take part in this international campaign to raise awareness on gender-base violence (GBV) using all platforms at their disposal. 
Issued by DENOSA 
For more information, contact :
Zanele Gumede 
Mobile: 0716408887 / 0609681588