South Africa: Killed for Being a Lesbian


South Africa has made strides in equality, especially pertaining to sexual orientation, but the country has seen a dramatic rise in brutal attacks against lesbians, writes Tiffani Wesley for Osisa.


  • South Africa:  Classifying 'Corrective' Rape As a Hate Crime

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 26 November 2012

    South Africa has proven to be one of the most progressive countries on the African continent in terms of observing tolerance and people's rights, especially the rights of minority ... read more »

Photo: EPOC

Rights activists (file photo): The Democratic Alliance says the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities must be at the forefront to stem the rising tide of brutal homophobic attacks.

  • South Africa:  Western Cape Woman Killed for Being Lesbian

    South African Press Association, 12 November 2012

    The killing of a 19-year-old woman in Cape Town's Samora Machel informal settlement, apparently because of her sexual orientation, was confirmed on Monday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Corrective Rape - Minister Must Address Parliament On Her Plan

    Democratic Alliance, 13 November 2012

    I will today be writing to Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, requesting that she address Parliament as a matter of urgency on her plan to ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Townships Still Not Safe for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender People

    Amnesty International, 5 October 2012

    Bontle Khalo is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights activist in KwaThema -- a South African township once known as a haven for the LGBTI community but ... read more »

  • South Africa:  South Africa - Women and the Gay Rights Movement

    Gender Links, 30 August 2012

    South Africa has celebrated Women's Month this year in a political climate that is lurching increasingly rightward and threatening to become repressive and authoritarian. read more »

  • South Africa:  Marching Against Sexual Violence

    South African Government, 18 September 2012

    SILENCE means consent, so suggest an English idiom. But not so for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students who taped shut their mouths and demonstrated against sexual ... read more »

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