Sports violence against women: in South Africa, five times more feminicides than in the rest of the world

09:50  25 november  2021
09:50  25 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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More sexual violence . Liberia recorded a 50% increase in gender-based violence in the first half of this year. Between January and June, there were more than 600 reported rape cases. The Gender-Based Violence Command Center in South Africa noticed a strong upward trend in violence against women during the lockdown from March 27 to April 16. All words, no action. So far, the measures taken against gender-based violence have been ineffective, despite South Africa 's National Strategic Plan, which was implemented in May to address prevention, protection, accountability, support and healing.

Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women 's human rights. Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected The prevalence estimates of lifetime intimate partner violence range from 20% in the Western Pacific, 22% in high-income countries and Europe and 25% in the WHO Regions of the Americas to 33% in the WHO African region, 31% in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region, and 33% in the WHO South -East Asia region.

Manifestation contre les viols et les violences faites aux femmes près du Cap, en Afrique du Sud, en 2013 (photo d'illustration). © AFP Photo / Rodger Bosch manifestation against rapes and violence against women near Cape Town, South Africa, In 2013 (picture of illustration).

The global 16-day campaign against gender-based violence begins this Thursday, day for the elimination of violence against women. In South Africa, where the level of violence is generally very strong, the rate of female is nearly five times higher than in the rest of the world, according to the newest figures of the United Nations, the country ranked Update global in terms of violence against women. A phenomenon that the government can not stop.

with our correspondent in Johannesburg, Claire Bargeles

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BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane visits South Africa 's conservative rural areas nearly 25 years after white-minority rule ended, and finds that racism is still deeply embedded but there are also symbols of racial reconciliation. It was a young boy who noticed us and ran to tell his father. But the rebellion failed, snuffed out when a black soldier killed three AWB members in cold blood on a rural road and terrified the rest into going home and living with the new dispensation. This was after AWB members shot civilians in and around the platteland town of Mafeking in March 1994.

It is thought that multiple ethnic groups in South Africa have long-standing beliefs concerning gender roles, and most are based on the premise that women in South Africa are less important, or less deserving of power, than men.

, however, is one of the repeated promises of President Cyril Ramaphosa, for whom the violence against women are the "second pandemic of the country". A large national plan has been launched since 2018, funded by one billion euros for the next three years, with the emphasis on the strengthening of judicial resources.

It is difficult to measure exactly the evolution of the situation, since the different confines have distorted the official figures. But it remains "very worrying" according to the Minister of Police, whereas for example nearly 10,000 rapes have been recorded over the last three months.

and according to the civil society and the UN experts, the policies of the government are far too slow to respond to the urgency of the crisis: judicial affairs still take too long before being treated, and the Victims struggle to get protection. Not to mention that shelters that could temporarily host them are cruelly lacking funding.

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Some organizations also call to engage dialogue with the men of the country, to one day observe a change of behaviors and mentalities.

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