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Mapping Local Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response Strategies in South Africa

"This report has covered a range of gender violence prevention initiatives implemented by the state and various NGOs. These interventions demonstrate that a lot is being done to address the problem of GBV in the country and show promising results i…

Violence Against Women in South Africa: A Country in Crisis 2017

In South Africa, a country scarred by the history of apartheid, violence against women (VAW) is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates. According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and …

Zambians Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Domestic Violence and Corporal Punishment

"An overwhelming majority of Zambians say they are opposed to physical violence as a way to discipline women and children, Afrobarometer’s most recent survey reveals.1 Disapproval of wife battering is so widespread in Zambia that there is little or …

Despite Progressive Laws, Barriers to Full Gender Equality Persist in South Africa

Since May, for the first time in its history, half of South Africa’s Cabinet ministers are women. And assessing women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment, the Global Gender Gap Index ranks…

Gains and Gaps: Perceptions and Experiences of Gender in Africa

Africans broadly support gender equality in principle and applaud government performance in promoting it, sometimes in the face of contrary evidence. But fewer than half assert that the equality agenda has actually advanced in recent years, and atti…

COVID-19 and the Rising Levels of Domestic Violence in Uganda

Domestic violence which may also be referred to as domestic abuse or family violence is a very disastrous habit in families. Globally, domestic violence is a very big challenge among married partners more so in developing countries including Uganda.…

South Africans say Gender-based Violence Worsening, Blame Substance Abuse

In June 2020, the body of 28-year-old Tshegofatso Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was found stabbed and hanging from a tree outside Johannesburg. The brutality of the murder shocked the nation. But the crime was one of many. South Africa suffer…

Strengthening Victim Empowerment through Participatory Dialogue

To improve services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the Victim Empowerment Programme of the Department of Social Development wanted to revitalise its quarterly meetings to allow better collaboration within government and between gover…

Access to Justice for Domestic Violence Cases in Uganda

Domestic violence remains a serious challenge in many Ugandan families today. In 2019, domestic violence cases were 6.3 percent of all reported cases, and DV was the fourth most frequently reported crime category after thefts, assaults and sex-relat…

Perpetrators and Protectors: Centering Family Relations in Addressing Violence in Poor Neighbourhoods

In this report, we ask ‘How and to what extent do families and kinship relations protect against, perpetrate and/or suffer from violence?’ While we have worked with families as a crucial stakeholder in all communities, we have not explicitly explor…

Limits of gender Equality: Poor Uneducated Mozambicans Less Likely to see Improvement

Gender equality is enshrined in Mozambique’s Constitution and promoted through its participation in international conventions and treaties as well as its 2004 Family Code, which requires equality in property and family law, including sharing of asse…

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