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GBV in South Africa

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a pervasive problem in South Africa, affecting women and girls disproportionately. According to a 2019 report by Statistics South Africa, one in five women over the age of 18 has experienced physical violence at the hands of a partner. Furthermore, research conducted by the Medical Research Council found that a woman is killed by her intimate partner every three hours in South Africa.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, with reports of GBV increasing during lockdown periods. The South African government has recognized the issue and has implemented various measures to address it, including the establishment of a National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in 2020.

However, many argue that more needs to be done to prevent GBV and support survivors. The criminal justice system has been criticized for failing to adequately prosecute and convict perpetrators of GBV, and survivors often face stigma and discrimination when seeking help.

Ultimately, addressing GBV in South Africa requires a multifaceted approach, involving education, prevention, and support for survivors. It is only through sustained efforts and a commitment to justice that we can hope to create a safer, more equitable society for all.

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