Pretoria, 8 September 2013 – In an effort to raise awareness on issues around gender-based violence, UNIC Pretoria staff members and interns supported an inner-city festival called Feast of the Clowns from 17 to 24 August. UNIC Pretoria engaged in the last day of the festival which featured a parade of over 2,000 participants who marched through the city centre of Pretoria.
The UNIC team utilized the popular festival to engage with some of the 5,000 participants during the day. A fun-packed quiz session on the UN included sponsored prizes such as t-shirts and caps. Staff distributed information materials, handouts, copies of reports and talked one-on-one with educators, civil servants, NGOs, students and members of the general public.
Hosted by the Tshwane Leadership Foundation in conjunction with the City of Tshwane, the festival included activities such as workshops, consultations, exhibitions and artist performances. Other campaigns supported during this festival included children’s rights, homelessness, refugees and xenophobia, green cities and HIV/AIDS.
South Africa, with alarming statistics on gender-based violence, continues to be the country with the highest number of reported rape cases in the world. According to a survey released by the Medical Research Council in June, 28 percent of the men who were interviewed had admitted to raping a woman or a girl, and one in 20 said they had raped a woman or girl in the past year.