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

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“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