Preventing the Scourge of Gender-Based Violence

It is estimated that one in five women in South Africa are victims of gender-based violence (GBV) annually. This chilling statistic alone should be enough to indicate that there is a need to stand up and stamp out the prevalence of GBV in society. But when we consider that the violence carried out is often directed at women and children who comprise a significant proportion of our country’s youth, it becomes a critical matter of safeguarding our future.

The Justice System is Failing Women

Oscar Pistorius is out of jail after serving one year of a five year sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. He is under house arrest in his uncle's Waterkloof home, an upmarket Tshwane suburb. Unless the state appeal to turn his culpable homicide conviction into murder succeeds, he will literally have gotten away with murder.

​Govt Warned on Rapists and Murderers

Rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have cautioned Zimbabwe against pardoning those who have killed and raped in the name of politics.
The NGOs say this in recommendations drawn under their umbrella National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG), a convergence of 48 NGOs selected to play watchdog to government efforts to restore peace.

NGO Calls for Life Sentences for Rapists

The Women and Men Against Child Abuse has called on government to make sure those found guilty of rape spend the rest of their lives in jail.

This was after it was revealed that out of 2 852 rape cases reported in Mpumalanga between 2013 and 2015, only 62 people had been convicted for the crimes.

The organisation’s spokesperson, Germaine Vogel, points out that, "Our stand is maximum sentencing for rape. If we are serious about eradicating this scourge, we need to hand out life sentences."

Child Protection Still a Challenge in SA

According to Gilles Virgili, violence is widespread in South African society to the extent that the country has been described as having the highest prevalence of violence in the world.
In her article titled ‘Unaccompanied migrant children fall through cracks of Child Protection’, Virgili states that violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination affect women, girls and boys across all social strata in South Africa, greatly reducing their safety and security and at the same time limiting opportunities for development.

Chiefs Eager to Fight Child Marriages

Chiefs in Zambia’s Southern Province have called for more support from government and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to firmly address the rising cases of child marriages in their areas.

The traditional leaders want government and NGOs to effectively involve them as ambassadors in ending child marriages as well as other related gender-based violence cases in their chiefdoms.

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.


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