NRF and Swedish Embassy join forces for 16 Days of Activism to end GBV

The Swedish Embassy, with the National Research Foundation (NRF), will this year partner in a campaign highlighting the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children from 25 November to 10 December 2020, under the theme: Economic Manifestations of Gender-Based Violence.

Sweden and South Africa have a historic relationship of collaboration in the fight for human rights and sustainable futures for all, dating back to the movement against apartheid. Moving ahead to present times where the friendship and collaboration continues work to inspire people to consider a range of contexts, act and challenge one another; and most of all to encourage dialogue about situations that affect the world and its future in the work towards achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030, including one of the greatest challenges facing society today: violence against women and children.

Gender Based Violence, a “Shadow Pandemic” affecting the world, continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. Deeply rooted in gender inequality, GBV manifests itself in many ways and has dire long-term effects on the future, particularly that of the most vulnerable in society.

The social media campaign will be launched on partner social media pages on the 25th November 2020 and aims to raise awareness and share knowledge on local and global scientific findings on issues of GBV, especially economic effects of patriarchal social norms on women both at work and in the workplace, together with personal messages from men in various sectors of the economy.

The Swedish Embassy and NRF will also host a live, online panel discussion on the  3rd of December exploring how GBV impedes women’s participation in the economy, how the economy is affected by inequalities and violence perpetrated on women and children, the effects on the futures of children who have been exposed to violence or have had violence perpetrated on them, and what role business can play to support women and children and prevent violence.

“GBV cases in South Africa have, over the last few years, sparked much-needed national and global conversations. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic sharply amplified the ongoing threats and widespread experiences of GBV. Such extreme violence demands our attention and coordinated efforts. We need to be resolute and united as a nation in creating safe spaces for victims and survivors of GBV to speak out and demand justice against the perpetrators of such crimes and this can only be achieved when the fight against GBV is everyone’s responsibility”, said Dr Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Officer at the NRF.

The Swedish Embassy and NRF have regularly collaborated on projects bringing together prominent researchers, talking about crucial issues, learned experiences, promoting education and sustainable development. This includes the South Africa-Sweden Nobel Inspired Lecture Series bringing together prominent researchers, most recently Professor Abdool Salim Karim and Dr Anders Tegnell. The NRF is also one of the primary funders of the South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF), one of the largest collaborations, an internationalisation project with the overall aim of strengthening ties between Sweden and South Africa in research, education and innovation.

“Let's not complicate this. There are no excuses. Violence, a violation of human rights, cannot be accepted under any circumstances. It is a core priority of Sweden to protect the rights of women and children, to lead efforts in strengthening gender equality and combatting all forms of violence. We must work together to end violence against women and children, now and for the generations to come”, Ambassador Håkan Juholt, Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.

The virtual panel discussion will be hosted in a webinar format with a limited number of 100 attendees and will also be broadcasted live on Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria and NRF Facebook pages.

Members of the media and the public are invited to register for the live online panel session. Details are below:

Title: NRF - Swedish Embassy - Economics of Gender Based Violence

Date: Thursday, 03 December 2020, 14:00 - 15:00

To register, please click here.

Follow theEmbassy of Sweden in Pretoria and NRF Facebook pages for further updates on the 16 days of Activism campaign.

Media queries can be directed to:

Ms Rosanela Selebi

Communication and Promotion Officer

Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria


Phone +27 78 403 0325

Ms Candice Molefe
Manager: Media and Internal communications

National Research Foundation

Phone: +27 12 481 4054 / +27 72 485 0725




About the NRF

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge; supporting and promoting public awareness of, and engagement with, science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and support of Government priorities.

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About the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria

The Embassy of Sweden in South Africa represents the Swedish government in the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho.  The Embassy is also responsible for the cooperation with the regional organisation SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) with its head office in Gaborone, Botswana.  The Embassy is responsible for Sweden’s foreign and trade policy promotion and diplomatic, cultural, commercial and trade exchanges between Sweden and South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho.

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Last updated 25 Nov 2020, 1.27 PM