South Africa’s rising rates of violence against women demand a unified approach
According to a 2013 report, African women are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. The South African government has taken a number of political measures to publicly condemn violence against women, yet is remains firmly entrenched in society.
Elisabet le Roux discusses why a unified, multi-disciplinary approach is needed to effect real change. Governments may be able to provide and enforce laws, but responses at grassroots levels will help improve understanding of these laws and alter misguided cultural and religious beliefs and practices.