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Africa has three of the most dangerous cities in the world for women - study

28 June 2018 9:58 AM
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Lack of political will in fighting gender based violence
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With the increased rate of femicide researcher Lisa Vetten explores ways in which to tackle gender-based violence.

Three of the world's most dangerous cities for women to live in are in Africa.

Those are the findings of a new survey which puts Somalia, DRC and Nigeria in the top ten.

But despite South Africa not being named in the list, the country has seen a terrifying increase of cases of femicide.

Researcher at Wits Institute for Social Economic Research (Wiser), Lisa Vetten says South Africans have lost faith in the State's response to gender-based violence because of the instability in government.

Read: New stage production puts spotlight on violence against women and children

I don't think we are doing as well as we used to do in holding the courts, police and Health Department to account.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher at Wits Institute for Social Economic Research

If you look at things like policing, availability of infrastructure and public transport - all of these play a role in public safety. For example, poor public transport systems definitely put women at risk.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher at Wits Institute for Social Economic Research

I would like to rebuild our institutions, making sure that they are strong for when women do speak out and make sure they get an effective response.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher at Wits Institute for Social Economic Research

It is useless to tell them to speak out when the people they are going to speak to are ill-informed or not adequately equipped to assist them.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher at Wits Institute for Social Economic Research

Vetten says men should also form part of the strategies to prevent gender-based violence.

She says it boils down to conversations about behavior, as well as taking a more multi-dimensional approach to minimise opportunities for violence.

To hear more of this conversation with Lisa Vetten, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Africa has three of the most dangerous cities in the world for women - study


28 June 2018 9:58 AM
Tags:
Lack of political will in fighting gender based violence
Campaigns against gender-based violence

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