According to Linda Musariri Chipatiso, it seems incongruous that South Africans celebrate Women's Month, yet stories of conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) flood today's headlines.
In her article titled ‘Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom’, Chipatiso argues that, “Whether it is the abduction of girls in Nigeria, the unending trial of Oscar Pistorius or the young woman raped and murdered last over the weekend because of her sexuality- the horrific immediacy of violence is all too apparent.”
She states that the majority of cases go unreported, unnoticed and justice is not served, adding that it is also evident in conflict and post-conflict situations where rape is often used as a weapon of war.
To read the article titled, “Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom,” click here.Source:All Africa
At 12h25 on 20 August 2014, the number of rapes this month reached a staggering 45 402, according to Blow the Whistle.
Blow the Whistle director, Mike Rowley, points out that, “In August 2014, statistically there’ll be a total of 74,400 rapes,” adding that, “Even though we fight this battle every day, August is the month we’ll make our biggest stand yet.”
Blow the Whistle is an anti-rape initiative that works at empowering women and children by giving them their voices back. The initiative aims to give vulnerable women and children platforms to feel safe, by creating awareness of the crisis of rape in South Africa.
To read the article titled, “More than 45000 South African women raped so far this month: Blow the Whistle,” click here.Source:Times Live
- The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) management course proved to be a success in the community of Bayview, Durban.
The Ubuntu community workers were impressed with the amount of information that became available to help them to do their jobs better.
Bayview is a community where drug trafficking and substance abuse has caused a moral decay among many members of the area. People in this community struggle to access basic needs such as shelter, proper health care and education services, and GBV has taken over the community because people have been scared to neither talk nor report it. But lately; the women, men and children of this community have heard enough and they are been vocal about the abuse.
During the GBV Management training, FPD head of clinical and educational training, Amor Gerber realised that the community workers needed counselling because they were emotional and very heated during the speak out session. “We can’t expect the Ubuntu community workers to help and deal with other people’s issues if they have not resolved their own issues, if they are still angry and they haven’t moved on,” said Amor Gerber.
At the time of the speak out session, the Ubuntu community workers opened old wounds and shared their experiences, the following are some of their stories:
Crystal: When I was a little girl my mother was always abused by my father because he was a drug addict. I used to always want to protect my mother from being beaten but my father was too powerful. My mother was the silent type but I couldn’t be silent, I had to get out there and tell whoever would listen to me but no one believed me because I was child. My father had the society fooled to believe that he was a Good Samaritan and we were liars. My mother was a proud Indian woman who was ashamed of moving back to her family and telling them what she was going through.
“People always judge a victim for staying with an abuser, many people stay because that might be the only way keeping their children safe.” - Survivor
Sweetie: My ex-husband used to abuse me and our children, he used to lock the doors and the gates then he would start hitting us with anything he could reach. The police would come and say that they don’t get involved in domestic issues and that there is nothing they can do and they would just leave. As soon as they leave it would happen again, it was an ongoing thing and there were times where my children would hide under the tables and behind the room divider due to the violence. He used to choke us and poke us; he once cracked my head on the floor.
“Nobody knew what was going on in our house. I never screamed. I never told anybody. If the neighbours had to hear, I knew I would be pushed even more.” – Survivor
Mariam: On my wedding day a lot of people told me that; “you are going into a new life, you need to endure”, when they told me to endure, I didn’t understand what they were referring to, until the day it started happening. I had a daughter outside of my marriage and unfortunately in this marriage I couldn’t conceive so I was being raped but I was not aware of it. I told myself that it was ordinary because we needed a child. I don’t worry about myself anymore, I worry about my children.
Gayle: When I was 3 years old I was raped. He grabbed me and threw me on the bed. I was asthmatic and he stuffed a sock into my mouth and covered my face with a pillow. I was kicking and screaming to catch my breath but he lifted up my dress and he started raping me and I ended up in children’s hospital.
“At times he was a very caring husband. And then without a reason, he would go into one of his moods. The things that I did right one day would trigger verbal and physical abuse the next day.” - Survivor
Silence, obedience and misconceptions have destroyed our society; it is time that we all break the silence on violence that is happening in our homes and communities; and build a safer environment for the next generation.
- Foundation for Professional Development.
One women is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds. This alarming statistics and attacks on women seems to be increasingly brutal and fatal, and now a local non-government organisation (NGO) is taking action against these heinous crime.
Men Against Rape (MAR) are to host a fundraising concert to mark men's month at the Tongaat Town Hall in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, and all proceeds will go towards the organisation in its pursuit to provide support to victims of rape.
MAR chairperson, Kamal Timmal, says: "We are trying to create an awareness in companies and in school on how men should treat women, and how men should respect women, I mean the perpetrators are men.”
To read the article titled, “KZN NGO on drive to provide support to rape victims,” click here.Source:SABC News
Traditional leaders in Zambia call for collective efforts in the fight against corruption and gender-based violence (GBV).
The traditional leaders vow not to tolerate people intending to acquire pieces of land in their chiefdoms through corrupt practices, with chief Siachitema of Kalomo District describing corruption is a stumbling block in fostering national development.
Speaking at a workshop on the dissemination of the national anti-corruption policy for traditional leaders organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Siachitema warned that people acquiring land corruptly should not be condoned.
To read the article titled, “Chiefs unite against graft, GBV,” click here.Source:Times of Zambia
Childline, a non-governmental organisation, says the disintegration of family values in South Africa is one of the main factors contributing to the high rate of child sexual abuse.
Childline’s Joan van Niekerk, speaking at the start of Child Protection Week, said that, "One of the things we have failed to do in the 20 years of democracy is really look at how we can strengthen family and re-connect people.”
Van Niekerk argues that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by men and boys, adding that the latter in particular should be the focus of our prevention efforts.
To read the article titled, “Child Protection Week begins,” click here.Source:SABC News
- MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre for WomenPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, May 9, 2014Opportunity type:Employment
MOSAIC seeks to appoint a Training Coordinator for the MenCare+ Programme, based in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
The Training Coordinator will report to the MenCare+ Programme Manager and will be responsible for the effective planning and facilitation of training workshops.
This is a contract position and is based on the programme funding cycle.
- Implement and coordinate training activities relating to MOSAIC’s Mencare+ programme;
- Facilitate training of trainers workshops based on established training materials;
- Facilitate training workshops on Male Counselling Toolkit;
- Supervise and mentor trainers who will implement the training of the Male Counselling Toolkit;
- Assist the Programme Manager and other programme staff in the development and design of programme materials and workshop content;
- Assist the Programme Manager to facilitate internal capacity development sessions;
- Write and submit timely, informative, high quality and comprehensive reports using approved standards and formats;
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships to ensure ownership and sustainability and expanding cooperation;
- Support effective realisation of outcomes by contributing to implementation, substantive refinement and monitoring and evaluation of project progress;
- Identify additional key stakeholders to be included in programme activities;
- Operate within outlines programme activity budget;
- Other related duties and assignments.
- Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent, post graduate degree will be advantageous;
- Clear understanding of the role of men in the field of gender-based-violence and ability to debate the issues;
- Knowledge of GBV is essential;
- Minimum of three years’ experience in a training and facilitation role in an NGO environment
- Experience in developing and designing workshop materials and content;
- Experience in working on large and complex donor funded programmes is advantageous;
- Advanced computer skills;
- Communication and report writing skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Ability to assume a supervision role and coordinate;
- Ability and willingness to travel;
- Valid driver’s licence.
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Women activists believe the rights of women and girls continue to be violated in Zimbabwe even though the country has the best laws designed to address gender-based violence and inequality.
The activists state that, there is little action to match the laws available to protect women who were constantly abused in homes, schools and in the workplace.
Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe’s director, Virginia Muwanigwa - speaking at the launch of the Southern African Development Community Gender Protocol Barometer for 2013 - asserts that the problem emanated from the country’s failure to implement legislation.
To read the article titled, “Laws Fail to Protect Women, Girl Child,” click hereSource:All Africa
Having been labelled a ‘rape apologist’, David Bullard tried to make peace by starting a donation drive for the Rape Crisis Centre, but the organisation rejected his money.
The controversial columnist started his attempt at donating with this tweet: “Followers, please donate to @RapeCrisis and I’ll start the ball rolling with R3 000. Bank details please.”
The Rape Crisis Centre responded by saying: “@RapeCrisis will not be party to @lunchout2’s whitewashing his actions through associating himself with us. We decline his donation.”
To read the article titled, “No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Film and Publication Board, along with Google, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, announced a partnership designed to create awareness of cyber safety and fight online child pornography.
The national programme, which will begin this month, will promote the safer and more responsible use of the internet and online technologies.
The programme kicked off at Jules High School in Johannesburg, a school which made headlines in 2010 because of a sex-video scandal involving three pupils.
To read the article titled, “Strike at heart of porn,” click here.Source:Times Live