Violence Against Women Hinders Gender Equality


Gender based violence is a primary concern in the fight against gender equality in Southern Africa. Studies indicate that violence as a means of controlling women is rooted in patriarchal social norms.

Gender violence is seen as a widespread social problem.

  • Botswana:  State of Emergency Call to End Violence Against Women

    Gender Links, 29 March 2012

    Botswana's Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Honourable Minister Edwin Jenamiso Batshu will today launch The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Indicators Study Botswana (2012) report ... read more »

  • Botswana:  The Gender Based Violence Indicators Study

    Gender Links, 28 March 2012

    Over two thirds of women in Botswana (67%) have experienced some form of gender violence in their lifetime including partner and non-partner violence. A smaller, but still high, ... read more »

  • Zambia:  'Handle Cases of Women, Child Abuse Diligently'

    The Times of Zambia, 27 March 2012

    PUBLIC prosecutors should handle cases of abuse of woman and children diligently so that they are able to secure convictions against perpetrators. read more »

  • Zambia:  Gender Violence Hampers AIDS Fight

    Africa Renewal, 15 February 2012

    Maria is living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs) are now more widely available and are supposed to make her life better. But her continued ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Gender-Based Violence Wrecks Refugee Camp

    Inter Press Service, 21 September 2010

    At the age of 13, Chantal Kifungo* is mother to a ten-month-old baby girl. It wasn't her choice. Almost two years ago, she was raped by her stepfather - and fell pregnant with his ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Anti-GBV Campaign Pays Off

    The New Times, 30 March 2012

    The campaign against gender related crimes is paying off, the head of the Police anti-GBV and child protection unit has said. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Ensure New Constitution Enshrines Gender Equality'

    The Herald, 3 April 2012

    ZIMBABWE has been implored to ensure its new Constitution enshrines gender equality and women's equal participation in decision-making. Genderlinks chief executive officer Ms ... read more »

  • Africa:  No More Excuses on Gender Violence

    Inter Press Service, 25 November 2008

    As the world marks the twenty-seventh International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations figures indicate that in the course of her lifetime, one in ... read more »

  • Africa:  NGOs Challenge Govts on Gender Violence

    Inter Press Service, 21 November 2008

    Continued violence against women is one of the focuses of a continental meeting reviewing progress made towards achieving gender equality in Africa. read more »

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