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[16days_discussion] The eve of the Sixteen Days of Activism Campaign 2011!

Shuvai Nyoni justiceprog at genderlinks.org.za
Wed Nov 23 10:18:33 EST 2011


 

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Media Brief: The eve of the Sixteen Days of Activism Campaign 2011!

23 November 2011


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South Africa: Police data on gender violence still falls short
Colleen Lowe Morna and Mercilene Machisa

The annual Sixteen Days of Activism campaign begins this Friday, again focusing attention on the problem of gender violence. However, we are still far from sufficiently understanding the problem and its potential solutions. A prevalence and attitude survey conducted by Gender Links (GL) in Gauteng points to serious under–reporting of violent crime against women in the South African Police Services (SAPS) 2010-2011 Crime Report released this past in September, and its high time that SAPS honours commitments made to provide more meaningful reporting on gender violence.

If governments are serious about ending gender violence they need to go beyond the routine police collection of data, and invest in dedicated gender violence surveys, similar to the prevalence studies conducted on HIV and AIDS. South Africa has conducted three dedicated national HIV/AIDS population based surveys to monitor the nation’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 2002; 2005 and 2008.

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South Africa: Media attention needed for cyber abuses
Ticha Tsedu

The media attention given to the notorious case of South Africa’s “Facebook rapist” may have finally woken people up to the possibility of social networks as dangerous places. The case also showed that the wheels of justice can move swiftly when they want to. Perhaps the notoriety of the case itself, and the resulting public eye, stimulated the quick actions of the justice system. This is often not usually so. During 16 Days of Activism, many survivors of sexual and domestic violence will voice that most gender violence receives hardly a passing glance.

Although it is not necessarily the duty of the media to influence matters of the court, it would certainly be naïve to underestimate its critical role in raising public awareness about GBV. Cyber crimes will almost certainly continue to feature in this fast evolving information and digital age, and while the coverage of the so-called Facebook rapist undoubtedly raised awareness on the problem, more in depth and thoughtful reporting on the wider issues is needed, as it is with all forms of GBV.

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