The Covid-19 pandemic is having far reaching and devasting human, social and economic effects across the globe. Many countries have imposed lockdown measures, confining people to their homes to curb the spread of the virus and reduce the loss of lives. Potentially, creating the perfect storm for the surge of another pandemic – violence against women and children.
A submission was made to the Ministers of Finance; Social Development; and Women, Youth and People with Disabilities on the social grant component of the disaster relief package. The submission, signed by a coalition of socio-economic experts, economists and prominent NGOs, calls on Cabinet to “reconsider the manner in which the allocation of social relief grants will occur, bearing in mind the necessity of an urgent pro-poor response that protects children, the unemployed, and the informal sector
The Children's Institute, as part of a group of concerned academics and civil society leaders has written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to make a call for an urgent increase to the value of the Child Support Grant by R500 for a period of six months.
Prof Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children’s Institute was nominated to serve on The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People.