Gender violence in the Spotlight, For Women's Month we celebrate "What She Said"

Do political parties police their own for sexual improprieties against women?

South Africa’s political parties talk a big game about tackling gender-based violence – but are far less keen to act decisively against their own members accused of such crimes.

A new campaign is challenging them to prove their commitment to the issue by rooting out political leaders accused of acts of sexual assault. The #NotOurLeaders campaign is releasing a daily statement profiling the cases of 16 South African politicians who have failed to receive significant sanctions from their organisations despite being accused of crimes of gender-based violence.

Over the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children, the #NotOurLeaders campaign will release a press statement daily carrying details of other political leaders accused of acts of sexual assault yet not meaningfully disciplined by their parties.

Women are often labelled as emotional, angry, irrational and told to play nicely, don't make any trouble... daily women are vilified, quickly side lined and pushed away...

Sam Waterhouse - The Women and Democracy Initiative

The bigger problem, in politics and society is that systems are driven my men, it's patriarchal. It's not problem specific to one political party, and this campaign is not intended to name and shame. It's about our responses when there is a sexual violation.

Sam Waterhouse - The Women and Democracy Initiative

Listen here to Waterhouse' discussion with Sanja Bornman from Lawyers for Human Rights...


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