30 August 2016
Rape can make you lose hope and dignity. It can make you feel hatred and anger, feel isolated and very sad. This is the situation for many young women in South Africa and too often they do not know where to turn to and what to do to change their situation and feelings. And should they turn to help and support, too often the services they get are further damaging instead of helping them.
A group of 15 young women from Cape Town and Johannesburg have produced a youth-friendly booklet that is beneficial for all women and girls. It’s the first of its kind and its message is clear. Within the context of our patriarchal society, where victims and survivors are often blamed for sexual violence and rape, young women are courageously stepping forward to make their voices heard. They are actively asserting their rights to live in a society free of violence and are challenging all of us to not only claim our rights – to become active citizens and share responsibility of making rights real. The message reverberates loudly, #Listen. Change begins with you. Improving after-rape care services. Read more ›
How can local government address gendered forms of violence?
In the run-up to local government elections conflict has surged, resulting in violence and the destruction of property. In many instances these bitter struggles have been explained as attempts to control the spoils of power. But how could local government be made a site of peace? How could its structures and programmes be constructively turned to addressing sexualised violence, as well as violence within the domestic sphere? What role could the metroplitan police play in creating cities safe for sex workers, or lesbian, gay and transgender persons? And how could local government resources support services to the victims and survivors of gendered forms of violence?
As 3 August draws near, please join us to debate these and other questions with the ANC, DA, EFF, IFP and UDM. Read more ›
In 1994, Alison Botha was a 20-year-old living in Port Elizabeth. She went out on the night of 18 December 1994 to drop her friend at home and pick up her laundry. When she returned, a man emerged from the darkness and abducted her at knife-point. In an ordeal that lasted 90 minutes, she was driven to the outskirts of town and raped by two men. They slit her throat seventeen times, cut her abdomen and left her for dead. Miraculously, Alison survived and she managed to walk to a road where she collapsed. She was saved by a passing medical student who saw her and rushed her to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.
The film Alison tells her story. Read the review here: http://www.elle.co.za/review-alison-the-movie/