Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

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According to the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, nearly half of all South African women murdered in 1999 were killed by intimate partners. [1] One in four (25%) South African women will experience physical violence at the hands of their intimate male partners. [2] Lesbian women in South Africa, especially black lesbian women, live in daily fear of being raped and murdered within their own country for being lesbian. [3]

“Statistics generally underestimate the extent of domestic violence. Women may not reveal being abused for fear of further abuse, or as a result of social taboos which prohibit speaking about domestic violence. Some women’s fear of other people’s reactions to them, should they disclose being abused, may also keep women silent.” [4]

This year’s theme for the annual and international ’16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children’ (25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to 10 December – International Human Rights Day) is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! [5]

How does violence against women and children affect you? Have you become a victim of such violence? Please share your own stories of overcoming adversity and violence with PENTON?
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PENTON supports 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women and Children.

Contact: editor@penton.co.za
PENTON Independent Pagan Media

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References and further reading

[1] Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre. http://www.tlac.org.za/ Violence against women in South Africa Fact Sheet
http://www.tlac.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Violence-Against-Women-South-Africa-Fact-Sheet.pdf

[2] Jewkes, R, Penn-Kekana, L and Levin, J. (2002). ‘Risk factors for domestic violence: findings from a South
African cross-sectional study’, Social Science and Medicine 55: 1603-1618.
http://www.tlac.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/submission-to-portfolio-committee-on-police-domestic-violence.pdf

[3] Stop ‘Corrective Rape’ and Violence Against Lesbian Women in South Africa.
By Callie Brazil
http://forcechange.com/9220/stop-corrective-rape-and-violence-against-lesbian-women-in-south-africa/

[4] A Resource for Journalists
produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication
http://www.soulcity.org.za/advocacy/campaigns/wawsaarfj.pdf

[5] 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children
http://www.info.gov.za/events/national/16days.htm

[6] Criminal Injustice: Violence Against Women In South Africa
Prepared by People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) with the AIDS Legal Network (ALN) on behalf of the One in Nine Campaign and the Coalition for African Lesbians (CAL).
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/ngos/POWA_Others_SouthAfrica48.pdf

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