A new generation of South Africans are questioning what freedom means for women and the LGBTQIA+ community. The Break the Silence Movement says it intends on taking conversations about gender-based violence beyond hashtags.
On International Women’s day, Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale lamented how vulnerable the pandemic has made women. She also commended the women who have been at the forefront of the crisis.
As part of the global #16 Days campaign, a group of men in rural Limpopo came together to discuss gender-based violence. They learned anger-management techniques and how to hold each other accountable.
Global activities are planned to make the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. This year the theme is ‘Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!’ Globally, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, most often perpetrated by an intimate partner.
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.