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Strandfontein shelter shows importance of monitoring womxn’s rights during a crisis  Our government’s COVID-19 response and Disaster Management Act Regulations must be subjected to stringent monitoring to ensure the safety and security of womxn throughout the country, according to the Women’s Legal Centre. The Women’s Legal Centre has been admitted as a friend of the…

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#PoliceResources and how the case affects women

#PoliceResources and how the case affects women

Opinion #PoliceResources and how the case affects women Article by Janie Booth Khayelitsha has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. Assault, rape, and murder is a reality for many women. Women’s rights to safety, security, life, and health are violated daily. The reason behind these problems is a lack…

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The Constitutional Court Reinforces Spatial Violence

The Constitutional Court Reinforces Spatial Violence

Opinion The Constitutional Court Reinforces Spatial Violence Created By South Africa’s Apartheid Past The Constitutional Court ruling, in the Baron V Claytile matter, points to a disregard for poor people’s agency, therefore affirming the idea that choice is a luxury reserved for the wealthy. Instead of interpreting the law through pro-farmer, pro-poor, pro-human-rights lenses, the…

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HOW STATE CAPTURE AFFECTS WOMEN

HOW STATE CAPTURE AFFECTS WOMEN

Opinion HOW STATE CAPTURE AFFECTS WOMEN By Janie Booth and Victoria Wang State capture refers to the efforts of the powerful elite to influence the government into operating in a way that benefits private interests. In South Africa, it is diverting money from social delivery programmes, which are supposed to promote human rights and social…

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UPDATES ON STATE CAPTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

UPDATES ON STATE CAPTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Opinion CHECKING THE NEWS EACH MORNING BRINGS A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF UPDATES ON STATE CAPTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA. But do they talk at all about women? By Janie Booth State capture has an impact on all citizens of South Africa, but none more than black women. Women’s realities here are determined by race, class, and…

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State Capture – How does it work?

State Capture – How does it work?

Opinion State Capture – How does it work? We encounter poverty every day. When we are approached by the mostly young, mostly black beggars that roam on seemingly every street we take, I am struck by a range of emotions: anxiety, fear, annoyance. Mixed in those feelings used to be pity and empathy, but they…

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Sex work in South Africa must be decriminalised

Sex work in South Africa must be decriminalised

Opinion Sex work in South Africa must be decriminalised —in a democratic society, this cannot be put on the back burner any longer. The decriminalisation of sex work would be a progressive and proactive step forward in supporting the rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.  It would limit the risk of HIV infection for…

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A SUMMARY OF THE STATE CAPACITY

A SUMMARY OF THE STATE CAPACITY

Opinion A SUMMARY OF THE STATE CAPACITY RESEARCH PROJECT’S REPORT ON STATE CAPTURE By Victoria Wang The State Capacity Research Project’s report on state capture aims to prove that state institutions are being repurposed to redirect rents intended for development into the control of a powerful elite that operates illegally. The Gupta family has been…

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An integrated plan to curb taxi rapes

An integrated plan to curb taxi rapes

Opinion An integrated plan to curb taxi rapes should be driven from the top—by government. By Sehaam Samaai, Director of the Women’s Legal Centre It is with devastation that we at the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) take note of the latest taxi rape in Johannesburg and of the many women who are coming forward to…

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