The global pandemic has created another – what has been called The Shadow Pandemic – the rise and rise of domestic violence. Before the pandemic 243 million women and girls worldwide between the ages of 15 and 49 had experienced sexual and/or physical violence by an intimate partner.
Since the global lockdowns, those numbers have soared for many reasons including isolation with an abuser; health, security and money worries; movement restrictions; and cramped living conditions. Gender-Based Violence is a human rights abuse and to add to the conversation about what men should be doing to eliminate it, Daily Sun and The European Union Delegation to South Africa are hosting a webinar on December 9 at 6pm. December 10 is international human rights day.
Entitled Accountability: How Men Need to Show Up to Fight Gender-Based Violence, the webinar will be facilitated by Soul City Institute’s Gail Smith.
The panel includes:
Melusi Tshabalala – first and foremost a father, he is also the author of Melusi’s Everyday Zulu and Magenge, we need to talk, as well as an advertising executive and social entrepreneur. He has a keen interest in working with men to try build a better society. His belief is that it’s up to everyday men to work with each other and hold each other accountable. His recently-published book Magenge, we need to talk is a call to South African, black men to open up, talk more, listen more and begin to do the required work to course correct.
Tshabalala will take Siya Kolisi’s place on tomorrow’s panel. Kolisi has had to drop out due to a bereavement.
Simamkele Dlakavu – a lecturer in the Gender Studies department at the University of Cape Town, she has been an active participant in student movements calling for an intersectional decolonial reality in South Africa - where all forms of oppression matter. She is the former media and communications manager for Oxfam South Africa and worked as a producer on current affairs show, The Big Debate.
Dr Malose Langa – the author of Becoming Men (read about his book here), the story of 32 boys from Alexandra over a period of 12 years in which they negotiate manhood and masculinity. Langa is a psychologist and academic who has decoded what it means to be a young black man in contemporary South Africa.
Virginia Magwaza - is responsible for advocacy, campaigns and movement building at the Other Foundation. Previously she was at the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, where she was a programme manager responsible for the human rights of lesbian, gay, transgender, and intersex people. She is also an activist in her own right and works with the Parents, Families & Friends of South African Queers - PFSAQ.
H.E. Fionnuala Gilsenan – is the Ambassador of Ireland in South Africa. She is a long-time gender equality advocate, working with women rights activists in Timor Leste, Ethiopia and Tanzania over the course of her diplomatic career. She was co-founder of the Irish Gender-based Violence Consortium which brings together NGOs, Government departments, and the Irish Defence Forces in a unique partnership to address gender based violence in their work. The Embassy of Ireland is supporting the Presidency in South Africa in their AU mandate on GBV and is active on the Women Peace and Security agenda in South Africa and the region.
Gail Smith is a journalist, feminist writer and media strategist. She is a specialist in gender equality, women’s empowerment, intersectionality and human rights. She is an African storyteller who weaves politics, culture, art, fashion, feminism and identity. She is currently senior manager: strategic integration at the Soul City Institute and producer of the TV show It’s a Feminist Thing on SABC2.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, a United Nations initiative that takes place from November 25 to December 10, is underway. In South Africa, from March 27 to September 21 the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre received 3860 Gender-Based violence related calls. Between January 1 and March 26 this number was 393. A ten-fold increase.
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- This article was amended on December 8 2020 to amend the names of those on the panel. Unfortunately Siya Kolisi has had a bereavement, and will no longer be able to attend the webinar.