Month: November 2016

Media and Gender Based Violence

In the fight against gender-based violence, the media can be both friend and foe. For women trying to leave abusive relationships, for instance, the media can be a source of support and aid. The internet can further be used – through blogs like this one – to disseminate education on recognizing and challenging GBV. But … Continue reading Media and Gender Based Violence


“There is no choice when you have no other choices”

Dudu Ndlovu is talking to me about the sex industry. As Public Education Co-Ordinator at Embrace Dignity, she speaks eloquently of an industry often relegated to the realm of “personal choice”. But Dudu describes another perspective on this industry: that hierarchical structures, rather than individual choices, play a far greater role in driving South Africa’s … Continue reading “There is no choice when you have no other choices”

Gender and Violence: The Connection

“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women…on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or a human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality,” writes Rebecca Solnit, “but it does have a gender”. Many … Continue reading Gender and Violence: The Connection