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'It Feels Like it's the End of the World' Cape Town's Youth Talk About Gangs and Community Violence

"The monograph begins with a description of the methodology, followed by an analysis of the children’s responses (including their recommendations for prevention and intervention). These responses are then discussed within the context of key literatu…

Paying for Crime: South African Spending on Criminal Justice

"This paper explores how South Africa’s criminal justice system has evolved over the past decade by looking at the approach government has taken to resourcing it. It describes the growth in expenditure on criminal justice,disaggregating this between…

Why Gender Still Matters: Sexual Violence and the Need to Confront Militarized Masculinity: A Case Study of the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been marked by almost unimaginable atrocities, including millions killed and displaced in a war that seven nations have participated in. Most horrifically, sexual assault has become…

Homophobia, Injustice and 'Corrective Rape' in Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africa has extremely high rates of sexual violence, and rape has been used in the country as a way to “punish” women who do not conform to normative ideals of femininity in different ways over time. This report offers a critique of the terms…

Rape: A Rising Crisis and Reality for the Women in Somalia

Somali women are the economic backbone in Somali society and in recent years have assumed more prevailing position as breadwinners of many families. They are the bond that holds families together. They are, however, marginalized and underrepresented…

Most Sierra Leoneans Approve of Measures Against Sexual Violence, want More to be Done

In 2019, President Julius Maada Bio declared rape and sexual violence a national emergency in Sierra Leone. This followed intense pressure and protest by civil society groups after the rape and subsequent paralysis of a 5-year-old girl. While such h…

Breaking the Silence: A Contextual Analysis of the Barriers, Laws and Policies to Safe Abortion Following Rape in Puntland, Somalia

Sexual violence is at epidemic proportions in Puntland, a semi-independent state located in the northeast corner of Somalia, though official data is not kept. Women and girls face some of the most persistent and systemic gender inequities in the wor…

Delayed Access to Justice for Sexual Gender Based Violence in Uganda and Implications for Gender SDG Targets

Although the number of sexual gender based violence cases has declined during the past five years, prosecution and sanctioning of these cases remain very low. Worse still, cases that make it to the courts of law are characterised by high rates of di…

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