The fact that there is no coherent, inter-departmental strategy on the part of the state to deal with rape is one of the main reasons why we see no real improvement in addressing the issue of rape. Joy Watson discusses some of the statistics and strategies to date, and suggests that we need new ones.
By Jen Thorpe Cape Town swimming coach Tim Osrin was arrested last week when he allegedly beat up a middle-aged Continue reading
A poem considering the impact of women’s day
The 16 Days Campaign is seeking volunteer translators for the Theme Announcement (available here) and for other advocacy materials in the 16 Days Campaign “Take Action Kit”.
A poem by a new poet, on abuse and bravery
Tam Sutherns asks an important question – is our desire to protect our own safety by building up high walls around our homes actually putting our communities in danger. The piece considers the Johannesburg House of Horrors and asks you – do you know your neighbours?
The 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium- Men and Boys for Gender Justice will be held in New Delhi, India from 10th- 13th November 2014. We are pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 15 June 2014.
Sonke Gender Justice asks parents to avoid corporal punishment, spanking and physical discipline. Find out more about alternatives here.
Claire Martens explores some of the effects of living in a violent patriarchal world in the after math of the Elliot Rodger shooting, and in light of the #yesallwomen campaign.
The Cine-Ndaba team are a group of Fulbright alumni who have come to a point of reckoning with the levels of gender related violence in South Africa. We feel that the dialogue around this issue is often governed by those who are not most proximate to the issue. Cine-Ndaba was conceived out of the desire to bring this conversation closer to women who have been directly impacted, placing the tools of narration in their hands. Through workshopping processes on basic filmmaking and storytelling, we will be collaborating with a group of women who have experienced violence. But, they need your support! Find out more.
Is religion to blame for corrective rape? Olivia Bliss confronts the issue of corrective rape and homophobic violence in South Africa.
Sanja Bornman considers the Economic Freedom Fighters – the second of the two new political parties on the block.
Benedicta Van Minnen comments on Women’s Day. “It is clear that it is only when women have successfully become part of the established structure of governance from schools, to courts, from police stations to government, as magistrates, as police, as politicians, as doctors and as strong community leaders, that women’s freedoms will be truly protected. Anything less than that and any gains will always be vulnerable to attempts to erode hard won rights in order to prop up increasingly centralized political elites who only view women voters as a means to an end, and who are, presumably, seen as happy with the current crumbs to salvage an increasingly patriarchal conscience.”
Jen Thorpe assesses the responses of rape survivors, and asks whether we have any right to have any expectations at all.
A South African magistrate in sentencing a rapist said that he would put him in prison where he could ‘rape if wanted to’ but could not be out in society. Benedicta Van Minnen investigates the effect of a statement like this in reinforcing ideas that it is fine to inflict violence on societal outsiders.
Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy.Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention. You’ve also seen him in the award winning documentary “MissRepresentation.”
Jen Thorpe discusses Kenny Kunene’s disastrous examples of ignorance regarding rape, and argues that his comments regarding his statutory rape of students require investigation by the police.
Kameel Premhid examines the culture of masculinity that exists at persists at many all-boys schools and asks whether it contributes to violent behaviour among adult men.
Discussions about rape and rapists often seem to end up in the declaration that rapists are monsters. They are evil beasts who prey on women and children. Often they are spoken about as sub-human, or not human at all, they are animals.
Mike Baillie disagrees
I am tired of rape in South Africa. I am tired of thinking about it, reading about it, hearing about it. I am tired of the fact that last year over sixty thousand women (enough to fill the Greenpoint stadium) reported a rape to the police, and hundreds of thousands more women were raped but did not report…So on the 14th of February I’ll be supporting One Billion Rising – a movement that will voice its frustration with all of these things. Because I am tired, but I will never be tired enough to stop fighting for women’s right to sexual pleasure, sexual freedom and sexual equality.