Monday, March 15, 2021

South Africa's Violence Against Women

South Africa possesses one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide in the world.

According to the most recent data from the South African Police Service (SAPS), 2,695 women were murdered in 2019-20, indicating a woman is murdered every three hours.

In the previous period, the femicide rate was 15.2 per 100,000 women – five times the global average.

South Africa also has the highest rate of rape in the world with 132.4 incidents per 100,000 people.

Reported sexual offences, including rape, have been on the rise annually since 2016, when the number was 49,660. 

Last year, more than 53,000 sexual assaults were reported to police, but women’s rights groups say the actual number is likely to be much higher.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi: A South African athlete’s fight against rape | Sexual Assault News | Al Jazeera

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