Violence against Women

A Crime Against Humanity

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
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In this modern world of instant information, have we become inured to horror? Every day we are exposed to pictures and films of extreme violence, they flicker through our consciousness, moving on to the newest examples of human propensity for violence. And we forget each previous example as the newest hits the media.

The Perfect Valentine's Gift

  • Posted on: 10 January 2013
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One in three women on this planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Set against the world population of 7 billion, and a total global female population of about 3.5 billion, it means not a hundred (100), not a thousand (1000), not ten thousand (10 000), not a hundred thousand (100 000), nor a million (1 000 000), but ONE BILLION (1 000 000 000) women shall suffer some form of violence in their lifetime. This is an atrocity of unparalleled proportions, yet it is happening right under our noses.  It needs to stop and there is something that we can all do to change this.

HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence.

  • Posted on: 30 November 2012
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Tomorrow, the 1st of December, the world will commemorate World Aids Day. The theme this year is ‘Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.’ As we are also commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence it becomes paramount to realise the correlation between Gender Based Violence and the prevalence of HIV and AIDS.

Sauce for the Gander is Not the Answer

  • Posted on: 20 November 2012
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As we draw closer to the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, with the global theme "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!", reports of domestic violence have been featuring in the local newspapers over the past few weeks, brought to prominence by the high profile case of Tinopona Katsande who was beaten up by her boyfriend, Brian Munjodzi. What raises great interest is that increasingly men are being reported as victims.

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October

  • Posted on: 15 October 2012
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The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008, established by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007. This year, the theme is ‘’No to gender based violence.’ It is pertinent to note that gender based violence can be economic, emotional, psychological and physical. Beating up a woman shows a high degree of ferocious cruelty and by denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.

Dear Politicians - Think First, Talk Next

  • Posted on: 20 August 2012
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A Republican Senate nominee found himself in hot water on Sunday for suggesting that instances of "legitimate rape" rarely result in pregnancy. 

Todd Akin, a Republican who's locked in a tight campaign in Missouri to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was answering a question regarding his position on abortion rights in instances when a woman is a victim of rape.

Why Report Rape?

  • Posted on: 5 July 2012
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A few weeks ago, a young lady, aged 17, who was employed to work as a housemaid was left home alone with the gardener. When the owner of the house returned a few hours later she found the young lady crying and traumatised. After questioning her she learnt that the gardener had raped the girl.  The girl said she wanted to report the matter to the police and she was escorted by her employer to the police station. Upon asking the gardener what he had done all he could do was say ‘I am sorry’. At no point did he deny the allegation against him.