gender inequality, sexual violence, women, human trafficking
Dubbed the "rape capital of the world" by Human Rights Watch, South Africa has some of the highest rates of gender-based violence worldwide, including rape, female homicide. and domestic abuse. The women in South Africa are faced with pronounced challenges. stemming from a historical background of apartheid-era oppression, when it comes to equality. Some of the most significant challenges that contribute to South Africa's gender-based violence problem include a lack of government action in legal implementation, pervasive patriarchal cultural attitudes. and widespread poverty. Gender-based violence affects everyone in society-the women themselves, their children, and the men who perpetrate the crimes. Gender-based violence is a threat to the mental, physical, and reproductive health of women, increases the incidence of homicide, contributes to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and places families at risk. Leading practices for the mitigation of gender-based violence include educating boys and men in the fight for equality, supporting women who have been victimized, teaching self-defense and empowerment classes. and monitoring the failings of government entities.
"Gender-Based Violence Against Women in South Africa,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2020:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2020/iss2/7