AI Recommends Decriminalising Sex Work

Mona is a homeless sex worker who has been beaten and gang raped by a gang of six armed police officers.

Her story and those of many other vulnerable sex workers have been published in research reports by Amnesty International.

The advocacy organisation also launched its policy on the protection of sex workers' rights‚ recommending the decriminalisation of sex work‚ which has been welcomed locally.

Our Perfect Wedding: ‘It’s Statutory Rape’

Women’s rights group People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) says it is looking into Mzansi Magic’s reality show showing a man admitting to targeting schoolgirls for sex.

This after pastor Fanie Mkhwanazi revealed on ‘Our Perfect Wedding’ episode that he met his bride-to-be, Bavelile, when she was a 14-year-old school-going teenager.

POWA counselling manager, Itumeleng Moloko, says her organisation viewed Mkhwanazi’s bedding of young girls as statutory rape, adding that, “We have to consult with our legal department and decide on the action.”

​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."

One in Nine Campaign: Campaign Coordinator

Formed in 2006, the One in Nine Campaign is a network of organisations and individuals driven by feminist principles and the desire to live in a society where women are the agents of their own lives, including their sexual lives. The Campaign supports and advocates for the rights of women who speak out against sexual violence as well as other survivors in five ways: Solidarity in Action and Building Feminist Activism; Feminist Knowledge Production and Research; Media Advocacy; Justice and Legal Transformation; and Direct Action.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Fundraising & Communications Officer

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors in all its interventions.  The Rape Crisis Cape Town’s mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence by reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, encouraging reporting of rape incidents and facilitating the active engagement of communities in challenging high rape rates and flaws in the criminal justice s

Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

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?

Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide

The United Nations says that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

In its new report, Hidden in Plain Sight, which draws on data from 190 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) describes the report as the largest-ever study of violence against children.

The report revealed that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Brazil.


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