Activists and scholars must rethink their neglect of male victims if South Africa is to better understand and resist sexual violence.
The Senegalese culture of discretion, called “sutura”, inhibits survivors of sexual violence from publicly denouncing perpetrators.
The protests carried on for days and continue to simmer in a country whose social fabric has been torn by toxic masculinity and a violent colonial past.
South Africa is a wounded nation, and its people carry with them deep pain and extreme anger, the University of Cape Town (UCT) chancellor, Mrs Graça Machel, told mourners during a campus memorial for UCT student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana.
The Nigerian Church is one of the most oppressive institution in the country. Its victims are mostly women and the poor. These past few weeks, the #MeToo movement knocked on the doors of the Church and the response has not been so favourable. Nigerian women still have a huge fight on their hands as they mark small victories, punctuated by huge steps backwards.
Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency to combat rape and sexual violence.
Law student and anti-rape activist Khensani Maseko, 23, took her own life days after she reported her alleged rape by a fellow student to authorities at Rhodes University. Her tragic death has brought the issue of campus rape and rape culture back to the forefront.
Not all rebel armies use rape and sexual violence as a weapon. Some have actually designed ways to prevent such atrocities. How and what can we learn from them?
The Zimbabwean government has proposed a minimum mandatory 60-year jail sentence for people convicted of raping minors aged 12 years and below and the disabled, while a 40-year prison term will apply for all rape cases as a means to stamp out the crime.