gender-based violence

SA to Launch National Council for Gender-Based Violence

South Africa will launch the National Council for Gender-based Violence in South Africa on 25 August 2012.

The council, which will lead and monitor the implementation of a 365 Days Plan of Action against gender-based violence for Children and People with Disabilities, which is a high level, multisectoral national response to the scourge of gender-based violence, follows Cabinet approval for its establishment on 25 December 2011.

Women March Against Harassment

Bree street taxi rank in Johannesburg’s central business district was bustling with people gathering for a march organised by the African National Congress Women’s League today.

Wearing miniskirts in bright colours and singing ‘the leadership is greeting’ and ‘mini skirt we love you’, women and several men marched to protest against the harassment experienced by two young women when they went shopping in the Noord Street taxi rank last December.

March Against Harassment at Taxi Ranks

The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, is expected to join the African National Congress Women’s League-led community education and awareness march against attacks on females wearing miniskirts today in Johannesburg.

The march, which starts from Bree Street taxi rank and end at the Noord Street taxi rank, will culminate in the handing over of a memorandum of grievances to the equality court in the Johannesburg High Court, Pritchard Street.

Court Sentences Lesbian Killers

Activists have welcomed the sentencing of the killers of Zoliswa Nkonyana, a 19-year old who was brutally stoned, beaten and kicked to death almost six years ago.

Activists were particularly satisfied that the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court magistrate, Raadiyah Wathen, took into account the accused’s reasoning for the murder, chiefly that they were intolerant of Nkonyana’s choice to live openly as a lesbian.

NGO Urges Gays to be Cautious

Gay rights activists have called on the gay and lesbian communities to be extra cautious when using Internet dating services.

OUT director, Dawid Nel, admitted there is a ‘pattern’ emerging where perpetrators are using the Internet to prey on homosexual men.

He explains: “SA is still a violent society. It’s crucial that gays and lesbians take extra precaution when using Internet dating services. For the first few dates, make sure you meet the person in a public place.”

Red Lights Flashing Over Mogoeng

The Sonke Gender Justice Network has expressed concern about reports that Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng would be the country's next chief justice.

Sonke spokesperson, Mbuyiselo Botha, who argues that the organisation is ‘worried and disappointed’, states that there is already a "persistent failure from the judicial system as to how [abused] women in this country are handled."

Perpetrators of Corrective Rape: Uncertainty and Gender in the 21st Century

South Africa is “witnessing a backlash of crimes targeted specifically at lesbian women, who are perceived as representing a direct threat to a male dominated society” according to ActionAid, an international non-governmental organisation backed by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).[2] The most notable of these crimes against lesbian women is corrective rape.

Sonke Accepts Malema’s Apology

The Sonke Gender Justice Network has accepted African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema’s apology for his demeaning comments about President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser.

Sonke executive director, Dean Peacock, says his organisation welcome the apology, but also notes that, “It has been 16 months since the Equality Court made the ruling.”

Malema Apologises for Sexist Remarks

The African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, has apologised to ‘all women’, particularly President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser for his sexist remarks.
 
Malema states that, "I am sorry, sorry and very sorry about that. And commit not to repeat the similar mistake again. Issues of women are sensitive, and once a person says 'I'm offended', it doesn't matter whether you are right or not, you must have the capacity to say sorry.”
 

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