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                 NCW says domestic violence cases on rise since lockdown

Women rights activists said they have also received numerous complaints of domestic violence from women since the enforcement of the lockdown. (Photo: Reuters/Representational image)

The National Commission for Women has received over 250 complaints since the country-wide lockdown was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus out of which 69 were cases of domestic violence, which it said has been increasing since then.

Since the lockdown was imposed, a total of 257 complaints related to various offences against women were received, out of which 69 complaints are related to domestic violence, the data released by the NCW showed.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the number of cases of domestic violence must be much higher but the women are scared to complain due to constant presence of their abuser at home.

She said from March 24 till April 1, the NCW has received 69 domestic violence complaints and it is increasing by the day.

"Women are not approaching the police because they think that if they take her husband away, the in-laws would be torturing her. Because of the lockdown, women are not able to reach out to the police. They don't even want to go to the police because they are afraid that once their husband comes out of the police station, he will again torture her and she can't even move out. Earlier women could go to their parents place but now they are unable to reach. The NCW is in touch with these complainants," she said.

Women rights activists said they have also received numerous complaints of domestic violence from women since the enforcement of the lockdown.

Rights activist Kavita Krishnan, also the secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, said vulnerable women could have moved to safer places if the government had given some warning of the lockdown.

"All the women (domestic violence victims) who contacted me said had they known (about the lockdown), they would have tried to get out earlier and be somewhere safer," she said.

"The only thing to do is help and rescue domestic violence survivors. Their situation is worse now in the lockdown," Krishnan added.

According to Vani Subramanian, a member of the women's group Saheli Trust, "captivity anyway drives people crazy and abusive situations only make it worse."

Ranjana Kumari, the director of the Centre for Social Research, said everyone was at home due to the lockdown and women were not getting the courage to contact for help. "It is not a good situation for women," Kumari said.


Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/coronavirus-ncw-says-domestic-violence-cases-on-rise-since-lockdown-69-complaints-so-far-1662533-2020-04-02


WHATS HAPPENING IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN

CPUT STUDENT KIDNAPPED OUTSIDE HOSPITAL, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED   

On Tuesday night, the woman was abducted outside Tygerberg Hospital and sexually assault.

FILE: Picture: SAPS.

FILE: Picture: SAPS.

Kevin Brandt | about 2 hours ago

CAPE TOWN - There seems to be no end to the attacks on women. A nursing student has become the latest victim. On Tuesday night, the woman was abducted outside Tygerberg Hospital and sexually assault. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology nursing student has received medical treatment and counselling at Karl Bremer Hospital's Thuthuzela Care centre. The Western Cape Health Department's Nomawethu Sbukwana: "The minister condemns thee horrific attacks on students and she is working together with the SAPS around the circumstances of this attack."The department said that after her attack she was released. Officials said that they had visited the victim and would assist her on the path to healing.

https://ewn.co.za/2019/09/06/cput-student-kidnapped-outside-hospital-sexually-assaulted

WOMAN'S BODY FOUND NEAR GUGULETHU SCHOOL

It's unclear how she was killed.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN

Kevin Brandt | about an hour ago

Official statistics prove War on Women is real – and pretty words are mere lip service

By Marianne Merten• 4 September 2019

 Uyinene Mrwetyana, a UCT student, went missing on 24 August 2019 and a suspect was arrested for her murder and rape on 2 September 2019. Photo: Facebook/Zuki Lamani  Less

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  • Lawmakers failed to speak up and out beyond the hackneyed and pedestrian against the murder, rape and abuse of young women. Tuesday’s parliamentary debate came as two statutory reports show the depth of violence against women, including police officers investigated for rape.

  • Parliament’s debate in honour of Women’s Day came three weeks late – 9 August marks this day – and missed the point with its “heavy hearts” and “heavy shoulders” over some 90 minutes that unfolded in the wake of a series of killings of young women.
  • Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old University of Cape Town student, was raped and killed by a 42-year-old employee at the Clareinch post office where she went to collect a parcel. Details of his confession were heard in court on Monday.
  • Boxing champ Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels was killed by her policeman ex-boyfriend against whom she had got a protection order. The SAPS sergeant died in hospital on Monday from injuries sustained when he crashed his car, killing two other people.
  • Also on Monday, the body of 14-year-old Janika Mallo, who had gone missing in Heinz Park on Saturday, was found buried in a backyard. And further details emerged of the killing of 19-year-old Jesse Hess, a University of the Western Cape student and church youth leader, found dead with her grandfather in their Parow flat.
  • What is now being called a national emergency, violence against women, also involved those who are meant to protect women.
  • At least 55 rape complaints against police officers were investigated in the six months between April to September 2018, according to the 2018/19 annual report of the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). This is six more than over the same period in 2017.
  • Of the 55 rapes by police officers, 32 were by off-duty policemen and 23 happened when the policemen were on duty, up by 5%, according to the IPID report.
  • The Eastern Cape recorded the most rapes by police officers: six on duty, doubling from the same period in 2017, and eight rapes by off-duty policemen, up from two. Only the Northern Cape did not record a rape by a police officer.

  • And rapes in police custody are up by one, to six. Yet they should not happen at all as women and men must by SAPS standing orders be in separate holding cells.
  • It’s a dry report produced in line with the statutory requirement that IPID reports to Parliament. MPs must interrogate these statistics as part of their oversight responsibilities.
  • But it sketches a picture of an increasingly brutal SAPS, complaints of torture increasing by 66% to 144 between April and September 2018 compared to 87 the same period the previous year. Assault complaints are also up: 1,919 were recorded this six-month period in 2018, up from 1,754 a year earlier.
  • In the IPID report foreword, Police Minister Bheki Cele wrote that he did “not expect police officers to be accused of criminality as they are at the forefront of the fight against crime” and needed the support of communities.
  • The fight against domestic violence, particularly violence against women and children, is paramount for our communities to feel safe and secure in their homes.”
  • But that’s a minister’s aspirational writings in a report. The statistics are somewhat different.
  • Police recorded 177,620 reported crimes against women in the 2017/18 financial year that ended 31 March 2019, according to the latest available SAPS annual report.
  • These statistics list 36,731 sexual offences, including rape, assault and the murder of 2,930 women, which was up by 11%, from 2,639 murders of women in the 2016/17 financial year.
  • The increase in the number of women murdered bucked the national priority of reducing crime. And whether the murder rate of women has changed more recently remains to be seen when the SAPS publish their 2018/19 annual report, including crime statistics. The statutory deadline is the end of September.
  • The prosecuting services’ 2018/2019 annual report tabled in Parliament reflects the disjunct between violence and crime against women, and these cases’ journey through the criminal justice system.
  • While there is no direct connection because cases may carry on in court beyond a financial year, which is the official time frame for measurement, there are strong correlations. Official statistics show what advocacy groups have argued for aeons – only a tiny number make it to court.
  • Once in court, however, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) seems to be getting the convictions. Of the 66 cases of what the NPA annual report describes as “murder: intimate-partner femicide”, 64 convictions were obtained. There were only two acquittals.
  • Not all of the over 2,639 murders of women in 2017/18 would have been by their partner, but no further details on convictions for murdered women are in the report.
  • Of the 6,341 sexual offences cases, including rape, that were brought to court, 4,716 convictions were obtained, according to the NPA 2017/18 annual report.
  • This represents a conviction rate of 74.4%, the highest in the past five years – a clear indication of the commitment of the prosecutors to act decisively against perpetrators of sexual violence,” says the annual report.
  • That’s steps forward, even if baby steps.
  • But it does mean the Hawks on Tuesday could issue a statement to welcome two life sentences imposed on 43-year Phillips Malope for the trafficking and rape of a 14-year-old girl whom he had lured from her parents’ home in Mozambique.
  • In Parliament, Tuesday’s gender debate in the House’s honouring of Women’s Day took a few turns, as a media briefing afterwards on government action to fight gender-based violence shed little light on concrete action.
  • It did emerge that Social Development was training 8,750 traditional leaders to, among other things, “see the world through the eyes of a girl child”, as Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu put it, and work toward establishing a gender-based violence and femicide council is continuing.
  • I do not know how many times we as a nation should have debated and keep debating gender-based violence and femicide,” said Minister for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities Maite Nkoane-Mashabane in opening the debate, seemingly forgetting that her party, the ANC, was in government.
  • I am still reeling in shock at the brutal murder of UyineneA person, who is employed and paid by the state and instead of providing a service with a smile, murders a young and beautiful woman…” said the minister, who after speaking about Jegels’ killing returned to that murder. “Uyinene went to get a service at the post office, but she came out killed… ”
  • Nkoane-Mashabane’s debate contribution had few answers, but many rhetorical questions: Where are the safe spaces? How are we making it her century? What institutions should be put in place to eliminate GBV and femicide?
  • The irony is that her political party, the ANC, is in charge of the government – and in charge of doing something about violence against women.
  • The ANC speakers throughout the debate insisted that government had the answers – from economic empowerment of women and that “women must own the land and must continue to work the land… and also become property developers”, according to the ANC chairperson of the multiparty women’s caucus Nkhensani Bilankulu, dressed in the green, black and gold ANC colours.
  • Opposition parties disagreed.
  • IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe said every year it was the same debate, with action missing in action.
  • Each year we rise to this podium to say the very same things… and we speak about this lawless country of ours as if there’s a sense of normality to it,” she said. “We know NGOs and shelters go unfunded… “We know police do not have rape kits… Will you finally have the courage to govern, the courage to care?”
  • And EFF MP Mmabatho Mokause agreed. “It cannot be business as usual. Here sit men and women who claim to be in government, yet our daughters, our sisters are dying in your hand. What type of government are you leading?”
  • She was heckled, loudly, from the ANC benches. As had other opposition speakers until Speaker Thandi Modise took up African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Marie Sukers complaining this debate was not the time for heckles: “It is not good enough… Our people deserve better than this. When our people are waiting for us to respond, we can heckle.”
  • This debate, Modise said, was not the time for party-politicking, but to unite against gender-based violence and femicide.
  • But shortly after the gender debate, the ANC objected to a motion expressing condolences over the death of Mallo, brought by EFF MP Hlengiwe Mkhalipi. “We have not done enough… The SAPS is wholly incapacitated to deal with violent crime.”
  • The ANC cited a couple of points in the motion in its objection. But in parliamentary practice, an objection is an objection and it cannot be qualified. “The motion is not carried,” was the presiding officer’s verdict.
  • When asked about this at the media briefing where Nkoana-Mashabane was flanked by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, Justice spokesperson Crispin Phiri ran quick interference, saying the ministers could not answer for decisions of the ANC parliamentary whippery.
  • And neither minister answered. Nkoana-Mashabane maintained she saw “no finger-pointing… This matter of women dying in our houses is apolitical.”
  • But Hansard, or the transcript of the sitting, will now reflect the governing ANC objection to a motion about a victim of gender-based violence by the EFF, a couple of hours after a parliamentary debate in which ANC speakers expressed their anger and sadness about violence against women.
  • No one from the opposition benches objected to the ANC motion on the killing of Mrwetyana. DM

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-09-04-official-statistics-prove-war-on-women-is-real-and-pretty-words-are-mere-lip-service/

One voice at the Cape Town protest: “No more, no f**king more!”

By Anso Thom• 5 September 2019

 Peaceful cop. A policeman holds a poster and flower at the protest march against femicide and Gender Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Parliament's gate is in the background. Photo: Anso Thom  Less

5 September 2019. 10am. Parliament, Cape Town. The day a crowd, that swelled to tens of thousands, gathered for one of Cape Town’s largest protests in recent history. A collection of angry, confrontational, “gatvol”, demanding messages on posters and shouted towards the stage and heavens added colour and voice. Men took a quieter backseat as young and old women of all hues gathered for the protest march against femicide and gender-based violence. The brutal murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, whose body was found at the weekend, has sparked an outpouring of anger and grief, but it has also sparked a “no more, no fucking more” and “enough is enough” outcry. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the crowd at the end of the protest. The Cape Town protest is one of several that have already taken place with a big gathering planned in Johannesburg next week.

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My body, not your crime scene. There were many rightfully angry messages at the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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An unidentified woman protestor listens to Cyril Ramaphosa address the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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Mass protest. Learners and young women at a protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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A protestor in front of the police line at the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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Message fence. Protestors place their posters and flowers on parliament’s fence at the end of the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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Justice for Jesse. Protestors placed posters and flowers on Parliament’s fence and gates after the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 in Cape Town. The slain bodies of UWC student Jesse Hess and her grandfather Chris were found in their Parow flat last Friday. Photo: Anso Thom

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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane attended the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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Remembering Nene. Tens of thousands participated in the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Most brought posters with their own messaging. This poster refers to UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, whose murder sparked the protest. Photo: Anso Thom

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Lucinda Evans, Executive Director of Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Program in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flat addresses the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted a memorandum and addressed a sea of people at the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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Enough is enough. A sea of people at the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom

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On Notice. Protestors placed their posters on Parliament’s fence following the protest march against femicide and Gender-Based Violence on 5 September 2019 outside Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Anso Thom 
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-09-05-one-voice-at-the-cape-town-protest-no-more-no-fking-more/

RAMAPHOSA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS A CRIME AGAINST OUR COMMON HUMANITY

There were protests against gender-based violence in Parliament this week following the murder of several women and children including UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxer Leighandre Jegels.

FILE: President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

FILE: President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

  • JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday promised swift implementation of measures announced by his government to fight gender-based violence, saying the attacks on women and children had become a crime against humanity.
  • The president addressed the nation on Thursday night following public pressure for his government to announce plans to fight the scourge.
  • There were protests against gender-based violence in Parliament this week following the murder of several women and children including University of Cape Town (UCT) student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxer Leighandre Jegels.
  • Ramaphosa’s measures to fight the scourge of gender-based violence included overhauling and making public the national register of sex offenders, opposing bail and parole for perpetrators of such crimes, reviewing laws on domestic violence and establishing provincial emergency response teams to deal with crimes against women and children.
  • “We have heard the calls of the women of our country for action and for justice. The collective anger, the pain and the fear that these killings have caused must strengthen our resolve to end all forms of violence and abuse perpetrated by men against women,” he said.
  • The president said there would be a review of gender-based violence cases that were bungled.
  • “All gender-based violence cases that have been closed or that were not properly investigated must be reviewed.”
  • Ramaphosa said the government would use every means from the police service, the justice system, social development to school curriculums to strengthen the national response to gender-based violence.

WATCH: Ramaphosa announces harsher measures for abusers

https://ewn.co.za/2019/09/06/ramaphosa-violence-against-women-is-a-crime-against-our-common-humanity

WATCH: 5 POINTS FROM RAMAPHOSA’S PLAN TO FIGHT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

https://ewn.co.za/video/10490/5-points-from-ramaphosa-s-plan-to-fight-gender-based-violence

watch: [FULL SPEECH] President Ramaphosa's address on recent violence in SA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETsXNaID-r0

WATCH: SA women took to the streets to protest against gender-based violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHZpAeaEjKE

Message from University of the Western Cape Executive Management: Event for Jesse Hess commemoration and responding to violence against women

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) condemns the recent spate of fatal attacks, sexual violence and abductions perpetrated against women and young girls. This week the University grieves the loss of one of our own – Jesse Hess. Ms Hess, a first-year Theology student, was murdered on Friday.

The University management has been in contact with her family and has offered support during this difficult time. She was a beautiful soul who cared dearly for her family and her community. As Executive Management, we call on all students and staff to break away from their usual commitments from 1:30 pm to 2.30 pm tomorrow at the Main Hall, as a gesture of solidarity against the surge of violence against women. This will also serve as a commemorative event for Ms Hess.

We also urge everyone to wear black this week to highlight activism and mourn the loss of our sisters.

As a University, we endorse all campaigns on campus and across the country that condemn violence against women. We continue working closer with the South African Police Service and community policing forums in our efforts aimed at ensuring the safety of students.

While Ms Hess was murdered off campus, students are reminded to be vigilant at all times. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of all students. Campus Protection Services (CPS) is on duty 365 days of the year and provides an immediate response to all types of calls for service to emergent situations and critical incidents.

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Committed women and men from diverse

professions: academics, community

organizers and activists from over 22

countries who educate, advocate and

implement programs to improve women’s

health around the globe.


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Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF)

Global Health Education, Training and Service (GHETS)

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A leboro MA 02703 United States

http://www.ghets.org/wh 

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Dr. Hester Julie

Executive Director, WHTF

hjulie@uwc.ac.za


Dr. Judy Lewis

Chair, WHTF 

lewisj@uchc.edu


Micarla Abrahams

Administrative Staff, WHTF

micarlaabrahams@gmail.com



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