Friday, September 20, 2019

Human rights in South Africa are protected under the constitution. The 2009 Human Rights Report by the United States Department of State noted that the government generally respected the rights of the citizens; however, there were concerns over the use of force by law enforcement, legal proceedings and discrimination. The Human Rights Commission is mandated by the South African Constitution and the Human Rights Commission Act of 1994, to monitor, both pro-actively and by way of complaints brought before it, violations of human rights and seeking redress for such violations. It also has an educational role. Source – Wikipedia

Violence against women and children (VAWC) in South Africa is among the highest in the world. Intimate partner violence including sexual offenses is particularly high. Whilst we know that the majority of the cases do not get reported. The perpetrators are mostly known members of the community. Some of the key drivers of VAWC in South Africa are dominant characteristics of masculinity that emphasize gender hierarchy, widespread exposure of children to violence and lack of positive role models, poverty as well as social norms that support and legitimise the use of violence. Source – Safer Spaces.org