Sexual Violence

Rape in a place of platinum

A snapshot of the community of Rustenburg shows a place of plenty, also a place of poverty.  Ufrieda Ho argues that beyond the juxtaposition,...

Izwi Lami: Reporting rape when the police don’t take you seriously

Despite rape being a serious problem in South Africa, some police officers still don’t know how to treat rape survivors properly. After being raped at...

Drawing the line between corporal punishment and abuse in parenting

UPDATE: The Constitutional Court upholds a judgment which says spanking your child is illegal. al.UPDATE: On 19 October 2017, a judge in the Johannesburg High...

Black Girlhood And The Unbearable Weight Of Knowing Too Much

Naledi Yaziyo explores a number of ways in which black girls are expected to grow up too fast and pay the price...

Safe coping strategies are vital for recovery of rape survivors

The trauma of rape can cause severe emotional distress for the survivor, and feelings of shock, shame, guilt, anger and powerlessness are common. But...

Women take the lead in making taxis safer

The Soul City Institute launched its Safe Taxis Charter in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The Charter is a collection of contributions from women and women-centred...

A guide for survivors: what to do after rape

Many rape survivors are too shocked to act immediately after a rape. But there are practical steps you can take to keep yourself safe,...

Enough with the dialogues. It’s time we fought back against violent...

Last week, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and United Nations (UN) Women hosted a community dialogue on how to end gender based...

Police unveil new ‘victim sensitive’ case procedures

Days after a deputy minister bashed a woman in a club, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula issued a six-point plan to fight sexual and domestic...

Rape is NOT the ‘new normal’

We’re midway through “Women’s Month” and things are pretty much the same as ever. Rape is a daily occurrence. Women are being murdered every...

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the latest politician to victim-blame abused women

ANC presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the latest to join the long list of politicians who have said questionable things about gender-based violence. We...

The Daily Vox joins Izwi Lami anti-rape campaign

An anti-rape campaign by Health-e News invites rape survivors to share their stories, contact counselling services and campaign for packages of care. Before rape becomes...

It’s time to hold the state accountable for violence against women

With the exception of couple of men, about 50 women gathered at the Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (HiDSA) in Parktown on...

Five women’s rights campaigns you need to support

Women’s Month is about commemorating the queens among us and fighting for the equality women deserve. To celebrate the work women are doing to...

#HoeIsLife is sexual freedom like you’ve never seen it before

Society hates when *womxn have power, especially over our sexuality and our bodies. Patriarchy determines the terms and conditions of sex for womxn. When...

Police and higher education ministries hold campus safety summit at UWC

The first School and Campus Safety Summit held at the University of the Western Cape discussed campus crime as well as security issues arising...

Hey Renaldo, a selfie is a selfie, not an invitation

On Wednesday, the DA’s proportional representation councillor for Nelson Mandela Bay Renaldo Gouws posted a Facebook status calling out women who post “sexually suggestive...

Meena Kandasamy’s novel is literary salvation for women abuse survivors

Meena Kandasamy’s latest novel When I Hit You is a wrenching story that straddles the line between fiction and nonfiction. Two reporters, Mishka Wazar...

EFF leadership, please bring your patriarchs to order

Some of the responses to the *womxn of the Wits Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) calling out a male member for rape show...

070707: Ten years on and the struggle against homophobic hate crimes...

On July 7 2007 two lesbian *womxn - Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa were murdered in Meadowlands, Soweto. This was not the first hate...
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