Avon has welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB)
Johannesburg - Avon, the biggest direct-selling company in South Africa, has welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) decision to block access to the online game that allowed players to rape and kill women and children in gaming mode
Avon, the biggest direct-selling company in South Africa, has welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) decision to block access to the online game that allowed players to rape and kill women and children in gaming mode. The decision follows a successful campaign by the 1000 Women’s Trust and nationwide outcry for the video game to be banned. The blockage by the FPB effectively means that South Africans will not be able to play or download the game in South Africa.
“The blocking of the game in question is testament of what we can achieve when we stand together,” says Bridget Bhengu, Avon’s Corporate Communications Director. “According to the Medical Research Council, only one in twenty-nine rape incidents are reported to the authorities. This highlights the fact that the 120 000 cases that were reported over the last three fiscal years are just the tip of the iceberg. We therefore welcome the decisions by the FPB as this illustrates the seriousness of the issue of rape”.
Avon would like to express gratitude to the 1000 Women’s Trust for their unyielding campaign and decisive action which has resulted in the blocking of the game.
“We are touched by all the support we received,” says Tina Thiart, Director of the 1000 Women’s Trust. “We believe that the next step in resolving this issue is to ensure that women are part of the committees that decide on internet content. We want to acknowledge the special role that Avon played in strengthening our case and in amplifying our voice”.
Avon works with several NGOs across the country as part of its promise to help end violence against women and children. Since 2010 the company has raised and donated over R8 million towards this cause, helping thousands of rape victims in the process.
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