Why does Parliament continue to protect women abusers?

By Jen Thorpe On September 14th 2017, Mduduzi Manana, former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, pleaded and was found guilty of three charges of assault. While he resigned from his post as Deputy Minister of Higher Education, he remains a Member of Parliament. Manana still an MP, despite being a women abuser. Prior … Continue reading Why does Parliament continue to protect women abusers?

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Three things we need now to improve the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act

By Jen Thorpe This year marks ten years since the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (The Sexual Offences Act) was passed. This legislation came about as a result of significant work from the Department of Justice and critical inputs from civil society. This partnership helped to shape the … Continue reading Three things we need now to improve the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act

Parliament to meet on gender issues – 2 November

The Multi-Party Women's Caucus will convene in Parliament next week to discuss some extremely important issues. These include: Gender quotas for political representation (IEC) Gender-responsive budgeting (Treasury) Spending on gender-based violence Vat exemption on sanitary pads The meeting will take place on Thursday 2 November, between 10am and 1pm, and is scheduled to take place … Continue reading Parliament to meet on gender issues – 2 November

Women’s worth is not in their reproduction – a response to Jay Naidoo

By Jen Thorpe Jay Naidoo’s recent article ‘I thought I was a feminist – until I heard their stories’ requires a response. Whilst Naidoo’s article starts out with considered space being given to the stories of the women who shared accounts of their abuse, and is positive in its reflections on what men can do to support … Continue reading Women’s worth is not in their reproduction – a response to Jay Naidoo