Gender Based Violence is a human rights violation and a form of discrimination against another person on the basic of gender. the prevalence of GBV in South Africa reflects the high level of inequality between women and men in society.

Gender Based Violence hurts children, men, women and families by creating a culture of fear and mistrust that leads to lack of intimacy and safety with familial and intimate relationships. Through prevention efforts aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours perpetuating GBV, homes and communities can become safer places for everyone.

The biblical call to uphold justice is at the very heart of the self understanding of the Church. The Church is not immune to the scourge and the challenge of GBV. The Church can play a major role in shaping societal norms and behaviour and can contribute positively towards ending GBV in society.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) with her members in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana, commits herself to advocate, stand in solidarity empower, reduce, respond and prevent Gender Based Violence.