The Multi-Party Women's Caucus has emphasized that the South African society needs to be rid of homophobia. A culture of equality must also be promoted. The Committee heard that government intended to introduce the concept of hate crimes into the criminal law. One of the key motivations for the proposed changes to the law, included in a draft policy framework, was the violent targeting of LGBTI persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, the so-called "corrective rapes" and murder of lesbian women and transgender men, especially in townships. Other motivators included a number of recent racist attacks, violence against foreign nationals as well as vandalism targeting religious institutions.