Lead SALead SA

Department of Women launches robots in campaign to end gender-based violence

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

The Department of Women has officially launched children's and men's robots to help bring about more awareness and generational change to build a "gender-based violence-free" society.

This initiative follows the introduction of a women’s robot, launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa on National Women's Day.

The aim is to educate women and girls about the telltale signs of when a relationship is healthy (green), to when it is becoming risky (orange), to when they are in danger (red).

The Department says the children’s robot aims to condition South Africa’s next generation on how to be a good friend and to educate them about the negative impacts of aggressive activities.

The men’s robot was developed in response to a need to educate men on how to be a good partner, to start conversations and hopefully, to engineer a new society.

In spaces, where especially men are too shy, or too afraid to speak up, we see men refer to the robots while speaking to each other. We want teachers to take the children’s robots and start conversations with children in classrooms and even in ECD Centres.

Shalen Gajadhar, spokesperson for Department of Women

To reach young men, the Department of Women is set to embark on a series of dialogues across South Africa to introduce the men’s robot to citizens and civil society organisations.

The dialogues will be convened in partnership with the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education and Training, with the aim of bringing about generational behavioural change.

The Department will take the children’s robot into schools where it will be used to educate younger audiences about the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships.




Read next from articles

Emergency numbers: Help is just a fingertip away for GBV survivors

Emergency numbers: Help is just a fingertip away for GBV survivors

Lawyers against Abuse recommend support institutions for gender-based violence survivors.
Read on...

A21 parent guide to safeguard children from trafficking

A21 parent guide to safeguard children from trafficking

The non-profit organization reveals tips in its parent guide to safeguard children from trafficking.
Read on...

Minister Zulu calls for NGOs to collaborate with government for hunger relief

Minister Zulu calls for NGOs to collaborate with government for hunger relief

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu appeals to NGOs to pursue a coordinated approach with her department for food donations.
Read on...

Kusini Water and Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation team up to help community

Kusini Water and Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation team up to help community

The partners aim to bring clean and safe drinking water to the birthplace of freedom icon Oliver Tambo, Nkantolo in Eastern Cape.
Read on...

Pop in: Non-profit organisations amplify hunger relief efforts across SA

Pop in: Non-profit organisations amplify hunger relief efforts across SA

NPOs, volunteers and donors have amplified their efforts to help with food parcels and basic essentials.
Read on...

Pop In: 4Souls Foundation supports vulnerable communities with food parcels

Pop In: 4Souls Foundation supports vulnerable communities with food parcels

4Souls Foundation extends aid to vulnerable communities with smart meals.
Read on...