The Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence (GBV&DV) Strategy and Action Plan (also referred to as Vision 2020), launched on 25 November 2017, is the first national framework to ensure that legislation, policies and services address victims’ needs holistically. This strategy and its corresponding action plan also seek to change the hearts and minds of individuals by calling on all members of society (in particular men and boys) to change attitudes. In essence, it is a renewed call for greater equality between women and men and freedom from gender stereotypes. This is because GBV&DV are deeply rooted in the inequality between women and men as well as imbalanced gender expectations, which are further perpetuated by a culture of tolerance and denial of the prevalence of such violence.
The action plan follows four key areas, namely, legal measures and integrated policies; data collection, research and training; raising awareness; and protection and support for victims. The action plan includes the measures which need to be taken; the action needed for these measures; and the responsible bodies for these measures and actions. This Strategy will also be accompanied by monitoring and evaluation and shall be reviewed every three years.
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