Posts Tagged South Africa

Nelson Mandela, the pro-choice, intersectional feminist

Photo: Dennis Lee Royle, Wire

Nelson Mandela and his incredible legacy were lauded today during his memorial service. But the great leader’s record on women’s rights, and specifically abortion rights, is not getting the recognition it deserves. 

Photo: Dennis Lee Royle, Wire

Nelson Mandela and his incredible legacy were lauded today during his memorial service. But the great leader’s record on women’s rights, and specifically abortion rights, is ...

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A tipping point on gender-based violence in South Africa?

A number of recent articles have suggested that February 2013 will go down in history as the month when South Africa finally began an earnest fight against epidemic intimate partner and gender-based violence. Femicide is no rare occurrence in the country, but in the last three weeks two particularly brutal, high-profile murders have captured media attention and galvanized activists.

The two late victims, Reeva Steenkamp and Anene Booysen, represent two very different parts of South African society: Steenkamp was a white model and law school graduate famously attached to a beloved Olympic athlete; 17-year-old Booysen was black, and few had heard her name while she was still alive.

The proximity of their murders—Steenkamp posted a ...

A number of recent articles have suggested that February 2013 will go down in history as the month when South Africa finally began an earnest fight against epidemic intimate partner and ...

South Africans mobilize against “corrective rape”

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On Monday, hundreds of South African activists stood outside of the Parliament, calling on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to take action against the prevalence of “corrective rape” in South Africa.

For any folks who don’t know what “corrective rape” is, it’s when a lesbian is raped by a man in order to “cure” them of being gay. Pretty horrific, right? In fact, so much that it’s been resulting in suicides. Monday’s rally was led by a support group:

Led by the Luleki Sizwe group the activists have collected more than 170,000 signatures against corrective rape.

Activist Ndumie Funda founded Luleki Sizwe to rescue, feed and nurse to health survivors of corrective rape in 10 Cape ...

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On Monday, hundreds of South African activists stood outside of the Parliament, calling on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to take action against the prevalence of “corrective rape” in South Africa.

For any folks ...

New study: Over one in three men in South Africa admit to rape

This is startling:

A 2010 study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says that in Gauteng province, home to South Africa’s most populous city of Johannesburg, more than 37 percent of men said they had raped a woman. Nearly 7 percent of the 487 men surveyed said they had participated in a gang rape.

More than 51 percent of the 511 women interviewed said they’d experienced violence from men, and 78 percent of men said they’d committed violence against women.

A quarter of the women interviewed said they’d been raped, but the study says only one in 25 rapes are reported to police.

While the numbers behind this study are devastating, hopefully it will ...

This is startling:

A 2010 study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says that in Gauteng province, home to South Africa’s most populous city of Johannesburg, more than 37 percent of men ...