Spotlight on Rape

'We should talk about violence against women every day'

Former Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge co-founded the non-government organisation Embrace Dignity, to challenge social practices which continue to oppress women through prostitution, sexual exploitation, and sexual abuse.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu, Madlala-Routledge shared her concerns about old forms of exploitation against women, which are now common under different guises, such as the "blesser" phenomenon.

Madlala-Routledge described how there is a need for a deeper understanding of oppressive practices in communities, for rape culture to be dismantled.

Listen to the full conversation below:

We should educate ourselves about the different and new forms of the same old exploitation which presents itself. When it has names such as 'blessers', it takes away the deep harm that it comes with

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, co-founder of Embrace Dignity

This case of blessing and blessees... I wish we can go deeper in understanding what has changed, and what is going on in this transaction

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, co-founder of Embrace Dignity

The reason women do not report rape, and men too because men also get raped, is because they don't get the support to report. Instead, they experience revictimisation, where they are blamed for their body being violated

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, co-founder of Embrace Dignity

How do we create different kinds of relationships. How do we create different kinds of identities, such as different masculinities

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, co-founder of Embrace Dignity
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