Political discourse analysis of SA Government office speeches

Date: December 10, 2010
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March 2009 to April 2010

The   Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development calls on Member States to halve gender violence by 2015. Specific measures to be taken include legislation, where appropriate, to discourage traditional norms, including social, economic, cultural and political practices which legitimise and exacerbate the persistence and tolerance of gender violence with a view to eliminate them and in all sectors of society, introduce and support gender sensitisation and public awareness programmes aimed at changing behaviour and eradicating gender based violence.

Out of the 1956 speeches made by political leaders in South Africa between April 2009 and March 2010, only 1% specifically focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV). A further 4% made passing reference to this daily violation of women’s rights.

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