Consultations on the Programme of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Children

The Department of Social Development has scheduled provincial consultations to inform the development of the next National Programme of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Children (NPOA)



The new NPOA should respond to the analysis of need (see the Determinants Study), and system assessments, e.g. DPME’s diagnostic review and the World Health Organization (WHO) readiness study. As one of the Global Pathfinder countries, South Africa has committed to taking a systematic and holistic approach as outlined in the WHO’s INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children

The NPOA should include a basket of services drawn from a selection of evidence-based programmes tailored to local needs. The basket should include universal programmes tackling social norms; community and school-based prevention and early interventions; and response services and minimum core services that the state must provide to survivors. Additionally, there should be a focus on structural interventions to reduce levels of poverty.


Download the roadmap for the NPOA.


Provincial consultations will take place in various provinces in May and June:

Dates Provinces Venue
21-22 May 2018 Mpumalanga Greenway Woods Resort,
Vintage Drive( off R40) in White  River
23-24 May 2018 Northern Cape TBD
04-05 June 2018   Free State TBD
12-13 June 2018  KZN TBD
18-19 June 2018    GP TBD
25-26 June 2018  NW TBD
28-29 June 2018 EC TBD



If you are unable to attend, you can make a written submission to DSD using the attached form (entitled “Consultation Questionnaire Draft”) and send it to:

Neliswa Cekiso
Director, Child Protection
National Department of Social Development
Tel: 012 3127989

 Read the Draft Desktop Review for the Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children 


The draft programme for the consultations will give you a sense of what will happen at the consultative events. 


For further information, contact:

Cynthia Nyoni
Tel : 012 312-7151/Fax: 086 534 5168