Gender violence costs SA R40bn, so now will govt act?

Originally posted by Mail & Guardian By Czerina Patel Every year in South Africa, an estimated more than one million rapes occur; more than a thousand women are killed by an intimate partner; and gender-based violence (GBV) costs our straining economy around R40-billion (yes, that’s with a “b”). Every single year. KPMG has just released a new report (withContinue reading “Gender violence costs SA R40bn, so now will govt act?”

Photo essay: The Horror of “Corrective Rape” in South Africa

Originally posted by Slate By David Rosenberg Long before LGBTQ rights were on many countries’ radars, South Africa banned discrimination against gay people in 1996 and legalized same-sex marriage in 2005—the fifth country in the world to do so. Yet many gay men and lesbians in this patriarchal society face extreme and sometimes deadly discrimination. InContinue reading “Photo essay: The Horror of “Corrective Rape” in South Africa”

Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of ‘corrective rape’ – aimed at ‘curing’ lesbians

Originally posted by Independent.co.uk By Patrick Strudwick Mvuleni Fana was walking down a quiet alleyway in Springs – 30 miles east of Johannesburg – on her way home from football practice one evening when four men surrounded her and dragged her back to the football stadium. She recognised her attackers. One by one, the menContinue reading “Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of ‘corrective rape’ – aimed at ‘curing’ lesbians”

The common misconception

Written by Lineo Segoete It is common knowledge that relationships come with confrontations and flaring tempers. Offensive things are said and sometimes done, and often times we are challenged to find ways of salvaging our sanity and or the union itself. Conflict is an inevitable part of life, especially in relationships because personalities are boundContinue reading “The common misconception”

In Kenya, where one-in-four women has been raped, self-defense training makes a difference

Originally posted by The Smithsonian. One in four adolescent girls living in the congested slums of Nairobi, Kenya, falls victim to rape each year. An organization called No Means No Worldwide is trying to improve that disturbing statistic. According to one study the non-profit conducted, a short course in both verbal and physical self-defense can significantly improve the girls’Continue reading “In Kenya, where one-in-four women has been raped, self-defense training makes a difference”

Kick4Life – Speak Out Lesotho!

Originally posted by Kick4Life on December 3, 2012. Every year, from November 25 to December 10, governments, NGOs and individuals worldwide take part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – an international campaign which aims to raise awareness of the issue of gender-based violence. In Lesotho, sexual violence against women and girls is aContinue reading “Kick4Life – Speak Out Lesotho!”

Don’t get raped

Written by: Lineo Segoete What could be as beautiful as a flower (sight), wear the most fragrant aromas as in the early stages of spring (smell), bear the softness and delicacy of a petal (touch), sing the sweetest song under swift and violent breezes (sound), what could it be that is as juicy and delectableContinue reading “Don’t get raped”