South Africa: Time for an emergency plan to end gender violence

The man who would be president is accused of rape. A soccer star admits to having sex with an under age girl but claims it was consensual and he did not know her age. His wife is charged with assaulting an alleged lover. A young woman in her prime is kidnapped from college and brutally murdered. A jealous lover is charged with killing a police woman. Two young girls disappear from their home in Soweto. A teacher, found guilty by a disciplinary committee of rape, is still teaching in a school.

Double jeopardy of women migrants

In the wave of xenophobic violence that swept across South Africa in the past weeks, more than 50 people have died, hundreds are injured, and thousands displaced. While media reports described the brutality of the attacks on foreign nationals À“ which have included people being beaten, stabbed, torched and dispossessed of their belongings and homes À“ there has been little consideration to the double jeopardy of being both foreign and female that renders women especially vulnerable in this deepening crisis.

Gender equality not finding its way past the front door

While men are increasingly changing their language and public posture on gender equality, to what extent is this being internalised? Put differently, does the 50/50 campaign end at work or is it finding its way past the front door and into the home?

Women?s Day in South Africa is a time for critical reflection

When asking how far we have come, our analysis needs to become more nuanced. How far has who come? The rural woman for whom customary law still means that she is effectively a minor; the poor woman in a township who?s economic dependence on her abusive husband limits her options for leaving him; or the young educated woman who has reaped the benefits of our democracy and our governments commitment to gender equality and has acquired economic success, that has allowed her access to better opportunities?

Finding the real me in a sea of violence

My name is Marco from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I am a 39 year old black lesbian born into to a family of eight, of whom only five survived. Gender violence has been so much a part of my life that at times I wonder if there is such a thing as a life free of violence.