Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited …

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Gap in malaria treatment for pregnant women

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The proportion of pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving preventive measures such as intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) is low, a study says. According to researchers, pregnant women are at high risk of death from malaria and that about 125 million pregnancies occur annually in malaria-endemic areas, noting …

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How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

Gearoid Millar, University of Aberdeen Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects. Development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund, because human rights protection is central …

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Why South Africa can be accused of hating its young women

Susan Goldstein, University of the Witwatersrand The extent of gender based violence in South Africa is rarely understood. It involves physical and psychological harm, humiliation, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other arbitrary deprivations of liberty – and its impact is chilling. Estimates suggest that violence against women costs …

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Distance learning can help women from poor backgrounds build careers

Willie Chinyamurindi, University of Fort Hare Women in South Africa are in a far better position economically now than they were at the dawn of democracy two decades ago. This is thanks largely to laws and policies designed to diversify the country’s public and private sectors after apartheid. Legislation is one way to improve the …

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