What steps can businesses in South Africa take to eradicate gender-based violence?
Eusebius McKaiser chats to Business Leadership SA CEO Busi Mavuso and ActionAid SA women's rights coordinator Lindelwe Nxumalo to find ways in which corporate South Africa can play a better role in helping stop gender-based violence.
To highlight the scourge of gender-based violence, South African women took a stand and on Friday 13 September and gathered outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and demanded a 2% levy on all JSE listed companies to help curb the scourge of gender-based violence.
The 2% levy speaks to the seriousness to which we think this issue deserves and it is a match to the seriousness that gender-based violence is having to the majority of the population.— Lindelwe Nxumalo, Women's rights coordinator -ActionAid SA
Corporate speaks in numbers and that is the reality, so the way in which its contribution can be felt needs to equate the seriousness of the issue.— Lindelwe Nxumalo, Women's rights coordinator -ActionAid SA
Mavuso disagrees with this proposed levy.
The key issue is that we introduce a levy , so that what happens, if we are saying this levy will eradicate gender-based violence, how will it do that?— Busi Mavuso, CEO -Business Leadership SA
We need to find out what has broken down in the fiber of our society and what has broken down in these institutions that are supposed to ensure that law is upheld.— Busi Mavuso, CEO -Business Leadership SA
She says she agrees that business needs to give money to civil society organisations, however, should society not tackle the problem of gender-based violence where it is worst problematic.
Listen below to the full conversation on how business can help eradicate gender-based violence: