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Briefing Paper 586 – The Impact of Digital Technology on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide by Tanyaradzwa Gwenhure

In 2018, social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp were instrumental in mobilizing South African women, gender non-conforming people, and the LGBTQIA+ community to carry out a national shut down in response to the rising rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBV&F).1 This national shutdown led to extensive legislative reform aimed at ending GBV&F. BP 586 The Impact of Digital Technology […]

Briefing Paper 584 – Sexual Abuse in Prisons by Lois Law

Prisons are very violent places and South Africa’s prisons are no exception. “Prisoners face a substantial risk of being coerced, assaulted, raped and even killed at the hands of prison officials and fellow prisoners. Officials also face a substantial risk of violent victimisation by prisoners. While the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 and case law are clear that it is the […]