The gendered nature of xenophobia in South Africa

Date: May 23, 2016
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Migrants and refugees are, by their very status as foreigners, vulnerable to violence. Violence against foreigners and violence against women are normalised ways in which South African society interacts with minority and vulnerable groups. Foreign women in South Africa, therefore, face a double jeopardy. They are at the intersection of these two groups that are so vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and violence.

The main objective of the study was to explore the gendered nature of xenophobia in South Africa and the impact on migrant women. The women interviewed spoke of the xenophobic attitudes and behaviours that affect their daily lives.


Author: Romy Sigsworth, Collet Ngwane and Angelica Pino
Publisher: CSVR
Year of Publication: 2008
Classification Number: 305.56 SIG