Cape Town: Launch of the Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre to Counter Violence against Women and Children

By | 4 December 2008

On 6 December 2008, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southern Africa, in partnership with the National and Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), will be launching the Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre (MPCC).The establishment of the Centre is based on the need to address the issue of violence against women and children in the Mitchell’s Plain area and to provide key services to survivors of gender-based violence.

In addition to complementing the national efforts of the South African Government, the MPCC is crucial in addressing critical aspects of the United Nations Secretary General’s campaign to end violence against women as well as realising basic requirements set forth in the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and the Beijing Platform for Action.

The establishment of the MPCC follows successful establishment and operation of other One-Stop Centres under the UNODC/DSD partnership in the Eastern Cape (Ezibeleni), Mpumalanga (Leseding), and Bopanang (Upington). As in these 3 other Centres, the MPCC aims to provide a wide array of services to survivors, including counselling, legal services and crisis accommodation for women and children who have suffered abuse and violence as well as supporting a programme aimed at perpetrators of such violence. The Centres will also be supporting broader awareness raising initiatives targeting the community at large as well as other service providers and educational institutions.

The establishment of the MPCC forms part of the wider One-Stop Centre strategy which was formed on the basis of the recommendations made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, issued in 1996. Amongst others, the recommendation noted that it was necessary to establish One-Stop Crisis Centres as a means to provide effective remedies to those subjected to violence and to avoid secondary victimisation.

The launch coincides with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence and seeks to highlight the plight of millions of South African women who experience intimate violence as a daily reality.

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch. The Premier of the Western Cape, Ms. Lynne Brown, will be making the keynote address and statements of support will be made by the Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Otto Ditz, the MEC of the Western Cape, Ms. Ntombizodwa Magwaza and the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Ms. Helen Zille (tbc).

Date: Saturday 6 December 2008

Time: 10h30 for 11h00 – 14h00

Venue: Family and Youth Centre,
C/o Pyrenees and Kilimanjaro Roads,
Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain

For further information and media enquiries, please contact either Renée Jeftha (MPCC), or Kevin Town (UNODC)

Renée Jeftha
Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre: Centre Manager
Tel: 021 397 3613
Cell: 072 942 1413

Kevin Town
UNODC ROSAF: Programme Associate (Advocacy & Communications)
Tel: 012 342 2424
Cell: 071 688 3760

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