gender based violence

Parliament to host public hearings on gender-based violence bills

Parliament will host public hearings this week into three bills relating to gender-based violence. The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services is processing the three bills, which parliament has described as crucial proposed legislation. The three bills are the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, the Criminal Law Amendment Bill and[…]

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Fears grow for victims over gender-based violence amid lockdown

As the lockdown continues fears are growing for victims of gender-based violence. A Cape Town-based organisation The One-Thousand Women Trust says it is seeing more cases because women are staying with their abusers 24-7. The Trust’s Caroline Peters says they’re also concerned because domestic violence shelters in South Africa are[…]

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Gender NGO wants ‘remedial’ action against Mamabolo, Malema

Lobby group Sonke Gender Justice wants “appropriate remedial steps” to be taken against ANC MP Boy Mamabolo and EFF leader Julius Malema for their “politicisation” of gender-based violence (GBV) during Tuesday’s debate on the State of the Nation Address. In a statement released on Wednesday, Sonke condemned “in the strongest[…]

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Need for a holistic approach to combat violence: expert

Although the increased focus on violence against women and children by government and civil society is laudable, it is insufficient if there is to be any hope of changing South Africa’s social environment. Lucy Jamieson, a senior researcher at UCT’s Children’s Institute, said there’s a problematic societal acceptance of violence[…]

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Ramaphosa withdraws from interview, cites concerns raised about gender-based violence

Civil society organisation Wise4Afrika has welcomed the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to withdraw from a scheduled interview with a Johannesburg-based radio station. In a statement earlier on Thursday, the Presidency says Ramaphosa withdrew after noting concerns raised by Wise4Afrika and the Soul City Institute regarding the character of the[…]

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City gives R2 million boosts to fight GBV

South African’s femicide and gender-based violence awareness has undoubtedly spiked recently with several high-profile cases of rape and murder making local headlines for long periods and now the City of Cape Town is looking to increase meaningful social engagement with academics and professionals on the matter. At the launch of[…]

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