gender-based violence

Tutu Urges Children to be Agents of Change

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged young people to be the agents of change in South Africa.

Addressing children between the ages of 15 and 17 at the annual Tutu Youth Peace Summit in Cape Town, Tutu reminded them how lucky they are to be South Africans, adding that, “if you were born in the Democratic Republic of Congo you girls would almost all of you have been raped, maybe killed or maybe a refugee.”

He also urged the children to have the courage of the 1976 youth.

Killing of Lesbian a ‘Hate Crime’ – HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has declared the brutal rape and murder of Noxolo Nogwaza, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activist who was stabbed and stoned to death in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, a hate crime.

In 2008, lesbian activist, Eudy Simelane, was raped and murdered and a gay man narrowly escaped with his life after being attacked by a mob there in 2010.

Tlali Condemns the Raping of Lesbian

An openly-lesbian 13-year-old girl has become the latest victim of ‘corrective rape' in South Africa, as government promises it is working to stamp out the horrific practice.

The teenager was raped in Pretoria, in an act designed to try to ‘fix’ her sexual orientation.

In a press statement, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spokesperson, Tlali Tlali has condemned “this senseless and cowardly act of criminality.” Tlali argues that, "Gay and lesbian rights are human and constitutional rights which must be protected and respected at all times."

NGO Condemns the Murder of Lesbian Activist

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year old activist who was a member of the Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee, was stoned and stabbed to death as part of an ‘epidemic’ of hate crimes against gays.
 
In a press statement, the organisations states that evidence indicate Nogwaza was targeted because she was a lesbian, saying the murder "appears to be the latest in an epidemic of brutal homophobic attacks."
 

Corrective Rape on the Rise in Gauteng – Mazibuko

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, says incidents of corrective rape are on the rise in the province.
 
Speaking after visiting the family of Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian activist who was found raped and murdered in Kwa-Tema, Johannesburg, Mazibuko, urged communities to work together to stamp out these ‘inhumane criminal acts’.  
 

Activists March Over Corrective Rape

About 25 rights activists from Luleki Sizwe, a small group of lesbian activists in the townships of Cape Town, have marched outside Parliament against rapes targeting lesbians in South Africa.

Speaking during the demonstration, which happened at the time when their leaders were meeting with government representatives, one of the demonstrators, Eugene Brockman, said they want the government to label corrective rape as a hate crime.

Going Into Stealth

When you see someone with a beard, or hear a deep voice, you simply accept the person as being male with no questions asked. You do not wonder about what is happening ‘down there’. You do not whisper behind your hand, ‘Is that a man or a woman?’ You simply accept.

And, in short, that is the reason why so many Female to Male (FTM) transgender persons go into ‘stealth’.

But please allow me to explain a few concepts.

Children Misrepresented in the Media

Children are ‘sick and tired’ of being portrayed negatively in the media and have urged the Press Council of South Africa to make amendments to its regulatory system.
 
Children from Park Senior Primary School, Johannesburg, one of the schools working with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) as part of its Children’s Media Monitoring Project (CMMP), are of the view that the media focus on ‘bad’ stories and never published the ‘good’ ones.

Women Don’t Need Sanitary Pads, But Freedom From Gender-Based Violence

As we roll out 2011 and we ready ourselves again for new struggles, battles left unfinished in past and opportunities ahead, I am afraid that this is the same pattern as of last year and the many years past. In 2010 the announcing of the next 10 years as the decade of the women left a lot to be desired. The calls and numerous statements made to stop gender-based violence, raping of women and children, killing of lesbians and decriminalising same sex coupling, decriminalising of sex work and HIV/AIDS have gone unheard with no response from our leadership in Africa.

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