Jointly prepared by the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI)
MAY 2020 | Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) has been an important issue in our society for years, and this year, the COVID-19 pandemic created even more focus on this key issue – rendering it “the second pandemic”. Across the world, communities were place under various levels of lockdown and restriction, creating even more isolation for victims of GBVF.
In a time where business is challenged to look beyond profit to how it can support broader society through COVID-19 and beyond, it became important to look at what business is doing with regards to GBVF; particularly when it relates to their work force that was mostly home-based.
From 26 to 29 May 2020, the Shared Value Africa Initiative collaborated with the National Business Initiative on a set of webinar discussions with the private sector, to discuss what is currently being done to support employees – and what more could be done. These virtual roundtable discussions also focused on how business society can collaborate to tackle GBVF.
This along with an online survey the in-depths discussions are covered in this report, which provides key points of the discussions, as well as recommendations from the panel.