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Latest items for South Africa

May 9, 2024, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

“Black women in rural South Africa face a ‘double whammy’ said Claassens, as both apartheid and customary laws - where land is handed down from father to son - have deprived them of property rights” (para 8). “Male-dominated tribal authorities hold great sway over rural communities, with the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini controlling 2.8 million hectares of land, an area the size of Belgium, under an entity called the Ingonyama Trust. Ngubane, nominated as one of three finalists in the 2020 Martin Ennals Award, a prestigious human rights prize, said this month's Durban court ruling was significant. ‘This will make a difference in terms of women's land and property inheritance,’...more
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The country has among the highest rape incidences in the world. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, police figures showed that 10,818 rape cases were reported" (para 4) If rape is being reported at such an incredibly high rate in just one quarter, it must mean that laws against rape are not being properly enforced (MCP - CODER COMMENT). "She argued that interventions focusing on ontological violence – men’s sense of entitlement to women’s bodies and hypermasculinity – were key. Ontological violence is difficult to address, however, because its origins are diffuse" (para 6).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The country has among the highest rape incidences in the world. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, police figures showed that 10,818 rape cases were reported" (para 4).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Political economist Tinuade Adekunbi Ojo explained that South African women might have a bank account but still have difficulty accessing other financial products or services" (para 8).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"South Africa’s laws and regulations do cater for non-standard workers. They’re supposed to get health protection in the workplace, maternity leave and job security. But the policy framework is fragmented and employers don’t always comply. For instance, some women lose their income for the months they are on maternity leave" (para 16).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"In her research, she found that women entrepreneurs sometimes had to partner with a man before being heard by financial stakeholders. And government policies were not designed to address the particular situations faced by women running a business" (para 9).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Financial planning expert Bomikazi Zeka revealed that female retirees were particularly disadvantaged because of the economic inequality they experienced prior to retirement. Women made up the largest group of low-paid employees, faced unequal labour market opportunities and had family care responsibilities" (para 14).
April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2, ERBG-DATA-5

"Of all working women in South Africa, around 12% are domestic workers. Public health researcher Catherine Pereira-Kotze explained that these workers had little by way of safety nets. They often depended on the goodwill of their employer to get protection like maternity pay and leave" (para 15).
March 31, 2024, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Mozambique, Serbia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Syria, Trinidad/Tobago, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-SCALE-1

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March 30, 2024, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

According to the U.S. State Department's 2023 TIP report, South Africa ranks as a Tier 2 Watch List country (85).
March 9, 2024, 12:19 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-5

"Although the police virtually never have evidence, they frequently harass or arrest them, and lock them up in police cells. They will pick them up because they know they are sex workers, or just because they are standing in a place where sex workers stand, or are dressed in a way that fits the police’s stereotype of what they consider to be the way sex workers dress. The arrests we documented were always the result of this kind of profiling" (para 5). "In some places, police have decided to leave sex workers alone. As far as we understand, the police in charge just don’t consider policing sex work a priority....more
March 9, 2024, 12:19 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"Several of the women described being driven out to the middle of nowhere, raped, and then kicked out of the car, sometimes naked. One woman said she got into a car with a client who had promised to buy her services for the whole night. Once she was in his car, he choked and blindfolded her, then raped her repeatedly without a condom" (para 11).
March 9, 2024, 12:19 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"They are working as many hours as they can to make enough money for food and school fees for their kids. Most are single mothers who often need to pick up their kids at a certain time, usually from paid childcare in Johannesburg or from a relative’s place in the smaller towns" (para 2). "Because sex work is criminalized, and there is stigma attached to it, it’s difficult for sex workers to report abuses by police and others. When women do overcome these barriers and go to the police, the experience is often humiliating. They either send them away or laugh at them saying: “Well, what do you expect? You’re...more
March 9, 2024, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"Women in South Africa face very high levels of gender-based violence. Female sex workers are even more exposed than other women. A recent study showed that 70% of female sex workers had experienced violence in the past year. More than half had been raped by intimate partners, police, clients or other men" (para 8). "HIV prevalence of between 39% and 89% has been documented among female sex workers across different areas of South Africa in the last decade. This is extremely high when compared to the country’s national HIV prevalence rate of 13.7%" (para 9).
March 9, 2024, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"It is illegal to buy or sell sex in South Africa" (para 1). "If the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill 2022 is passed, South Africa will become only the third country in the world to fully decriminalise sex work. It would no longer be illegal to buy or sell sex" (para 2).
March 9, 2024, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"A new cross-sectional analysis of sex workers in South Africa suggests that they have an “extraordinarily high” HIV incidence rate, and thus require significantly more outreach and intervention in order to curb HIV transmission within the population as a whole" (para 1). "The analysis, published in The Lancet HIV, showed an HIV incidence rate of 5 cases per 100 person-years" (para 2). "Corresponding author Reshma Kassanjee, PhD, of the University of Cape Town, and colleagues, said an estimated 7.3 million adults in South Africa are HIV-positive, but women make up nearly two-thirds of those cases. In fact, one-quarter of women between the ages of 15 and 49 are believed to...more
March 9, 2024, 12:05 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"South Africa has one of largest HIV caseloads in the world and has been hit by a growing wave of violence against women" (para 4). "Police Minister Bheki Cele said there had been a double-digit increase in murders of women year-on-year between July and September with almost 1,000 women killed. Rapes were also up 11 percent, with 10,000 cases during the period, he said" (para 5). HIgh rates of violence, STD incidence, and rape can be good indicators that women enjoy low levels of bargaining power vis a vis their male clients and pimps (MCP - CODER COMMENT). "Some recent gruesome incidents have shocked the nation, including the retrieval of...more
March 9, 2024, 12:05 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-LAW-4

"The bill, which has been published for public comment, only deals with decriminalization and does not regulate the sex industry — something Lamola said would follow at a later stage" (para 9).
March 9, 2024, 12:05 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to advocacy groups there are over 150,000 sex workers in the country" (para 2).
Feb. 2, 2024, 6:33 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-DATA-1

According to 2022 data from the WHO's Global Health Observatory, the proportion of ever-partnered women and girls (aged 15-49) in South Africa who have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in their lifetime is 24 percent (KMM-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 24, 2024, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia
Variables: MMR-SCALE-2

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique, South Africa
Variables: MMR-SCALE-1

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: ERBG-SCALE-1

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-SCALE-2

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia, Botswana, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia
Variables: DACH-SCALE-1

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Jan. 21, 2024, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

According to a 2023 report on global trends in maternal mortality from 2000-2020 published by the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group, and UNDESA/Population Division, in 2020 the maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) in South Africa was 127 (KMM-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-LAW-2

"The bill, which has been published for public comment, only deals with decriminalisation and does not regulate the sex industry - something Lamola said would follow at a later stage" (para 12).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Rapes were also up 11 percent, with 10,000 cases during the period, he said" (para 8).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The South African government has confirmed it will decriminalise sex work in an effort to tackle crime against women in a country that has one of the world's highest HIV caseloads" (para 1). "The sale and purchase of sexual services will no longer be treated as a crime under proposed legislation put forward by the justice ministry" (para 2). "Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said: 'It is hoped that decriminalisation will minimise human rights violations against sex workers'" (para 4). "'It took, tenacity, resilience and a magnitude of stubbornness to continue raising our voices'" (para 12). "Parliament has to approve the proposed legislation for it to become law. The formal procedure...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to advocacy groups there are over 150,000 sex workers in the country" (para 3).