Even before the pandemic, women carried an unequal burden of social, cultural and economic ills. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with the effects of lockdown disproportionately affecting women, write Charlotte Motsoari and Amina Mwaikambo at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
Every year, South Africans read dozens of terrible stories on gender-based vio-lence, which normalizes this scourge. It’s time to stop being numb to this national pain, writes community worker Tsamme Mmammone Mfundisi.
Recently, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane launched 2020 Women’s Month, which will prioritise both how Covid-19 affects women, and the rising rates of gender-based violence during the country’s national lockdown.
“Growing up, I used to help my grandparents with their small garden where we grew flowers, cabbage and spinach. That’s where I developed an interest in farming,” says Amogelang Moroba, chairperson of the Soshanguve-based organisation #Helpafriendout.
For years, civil society organisations and gender-based violence activists have called on the government to put policies in place to address the staggering levels of violence against women, children and the queer community in the country.
After tweeting to the presidency about her numerous gender-based violence (GBV) experiences, Sihle Bolani has only been met with a deafening silence despite a resounding response from South Africa. She asks why there hasn’t been decisive action to tackle GBV with the same gusto as the Covid-19 pandemic. By: Sihle Bolani.
I am driven to the darkest place of despair inside my head, every women killed is a knife to my heart and a scar on my already tattered soul, writes Vanessa Tedder. She encourages everyone to speak up when they see or suspect abuse taking place