GBV

Machel Endorses ‘Code Blue’ Campaign

Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique has added her voice to a growing campaign to block staff in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions from hiding behind immunity when accused of crimes and sexual abuse.

Graça Machel has added her voice to a campaign called ‘Code Blue’ that calls on the UN secretary general to immediately waver diplomatic immunity for all mission staff when complaints of sexual exploitation arise.

Advocacy Group Welcomes Hewitt Verdict

The Women and Men Against Child Abuse advocacy group has welcomed the rape conviction of ex-Grand Slam tennis champion, Bob Hewitt, by the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on the East Rand.
 
Hewitt was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing three girls whom he coached in the 1980's and the organisations’ Vincentia Dlamini-Ngobese believes this case will encourage raped women to report their cases.
 
Dlamini-Ngobese further says that for children who have not and were scared to come out, this case serves as hope to the country’s justice system.
 

Call for Men to Fight Gender Violence

According to the United Nations, one in three women will be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime, translating to one billion women who are both directly and indirectly affected by gender violence.
 
The gender-based violence (GBV) Indicators Study carried out by Gender Links in six countries of Southern Africa, show that the most predominant form of GBV experienced by women and perpetrated by men occurs within intimate partnerships.
 

NGO Takes GBV Fight to Rural Areas

The Eastern Cape Childline office and Masimanyane Women's Support Centre are taking their programmes to rural areas as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

The organisations will launch their programme at Nxarhuni village, Eastern Cape, an area which was chosen for the launch as it has experienced a number of violent crimes against women in the past six months.

Forum Helps to Report More Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes Working Group says since the introduction of its monitoring forum, more cases of hate crimes are being reported.
 
The forum, which is a comprehensive way of gathering information about victims of hate-related crime, is of the view that such crimes target people on the basis of their gender, religion or culture and often include violence such as rape.
 

Call to Scale Up Fight Against GBV

Zambia’s local government and housing minister, Emmanuel Chenda, believes there is a need for concerted family and community-based activities to supplement government efforts in combating early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV).
 
Chenda is saddened by the increase in cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and GBV in that country.
 

Sexualised Violence in the National Debate

Cross-Border Observations from India and South Africa

In early 2013, two young women were brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world: Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old from India and 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Both cases received uncharacteristic attention but what were the dynamics and specific factors and circumstances that propelled them into national and international prominence and can unpacking this influence the development of enhanced strategies to tackling endemic violence against women?

GBV Indicators Study for Western Cape

The Gender Link’s Western Cape GBV Indicators Study provides the first comprehensive baseline data on violence against women in the province.

The study shows that 39 percent of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and that the same proportion of men admit to perpetrating violence.

It found that most of this violence takes place where all citizens should feel safest - in the home and in communities – and that the highest proportion of violence is the kind for which there is no category in police records - emotional, verbal and economic abuse.

GBV Hinders Women’s Freedom - Chipatiso

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.”

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