In 2006, Fezekile Kuzwayo, together with her mother, fled the country and went to Holland. Amid threats to “burn the bitch”, the home of Kuzwayo’s mother had been burnt down. Multiple death threats and insults had been flung at Kuzwayo. Rage and hatred had been poured on her wherever she went. Today, we know Fezekile … Continue reading How many more?
In an open letter to her former domestic workers, Emmaleen Kriel reflected on the dynamic underpinning her relationship with them. “I cast my mind back over the years when I was a typical white liberal South African ‘madam’…I feel very strongly how thoughtless and selfish I was,” she writes. “Not out of malice towards black … Continue reading Behind the cold, insensitive cloak”: The plight of domestic workers in South Africa
Remembering Reeva Steenkamp, Anni Dewani, Jayde Panayiotou Remember the Emergency Number 0800 150 150 In recent years, South African media has been lit up with the names of these three young women. But sadly, such high-profile cases represent only a drop in the ocean of intimate partner violence in our country. According to the World … Continue reading ‘When you escape from abuse, you see that life can be beautiful’: A look at Intimate Partner Violence
Rose’s* story is not a pretty one. Yet as she talks, there’s a confidence and optimism in her tone that strikes me. It’s a reminder that surviving – and flourishing – is possible after exploitation. Having authored a book and soon to be married, Rose’s story has reached an impressive and seemingly charmed page. But … Continue reading Rose: A story of hope and survival: A Story of Trafficking
Khulumani appreciates the support it has received from the African Women’s Development Foundation as the Ghana-based organization honours one of its far-sighted founders, Ms Joana Silochina Foster. Founded in 2000, the African Women’s Development Fund has significantly aided in organizing for women’s rights, both through capacity building programmes and partnerships, and through supplying hundreds of … Continue reading Tribute to a Trailblazer: Joana Silochina Foster
On Wednesday 30 November 2016, three men were arrested in Kwa Zulu-Natal by the province’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for possession of child porn which they had been involved in producing, sharing and distributing. The one suspect was found with images of a 6-year-old child on his cell phone, believed to … Continue reading Groomed: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Cycles of Trauma
In addressing gender based violence (GBV), preventative as well as reparative measures must be developed. Effective preventative strategies, moreover, must take into account the factors which often facilitate and/or exacerbate the occurrence of GBV. Faradiba Morton is one South African who has much to say about the factors which cultivate contexts of exploitation and abuse. … Continue reading Abandoned: The Plight of SA orphans