Cape Judge President John Hlophe says he supports the call for the establishment of priority courts in prosecuting cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). He was speaking during a meeting with gender activists and ANC Women’s League members in Cape Town to mark the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence[…]
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is engaging in numerous initiatives to economically empower women as part of its programme to rid the country if gender-based violence. South Africa begins 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and femicide and also marks the beginning of five days of mourning for[…]
South Africa could by the end of this year implement tough new laws to fight gender-based violence and femicide. Earlier this year, Cabinet approved the submission of three key Bills designed to fill the gaps that allow some perpetrators of these crimes to evade justice. The three Bills are, the[…]
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[…]
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[…]
They might be from different political parties that have contrasting ideologies, but on gender-based violence they all agree – it is an issue that cannot be politicised. Public Works Minister Patricia De Lille, who is also the leader of GOOD, her social development counterpart, Lindiwe Zulu, a staunch ANC member,[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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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