2019-09-16 14:45:22

Why South Africa’s Women Are Asking #AmINext?


GUEST: Lucinda Evans, Executive Director of Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children's Program in Lavender Hill in Cape Town. She is also the coordinator of One Billion Rising South Africa.


BACKGROUND: Thousands of South African women and girls have been protesting alongside their supporters to demand action against sexual violence. The South African government's own statistics show the shocking rate of one woman being murdered every three hours in the country. It has the fourth-highest femicide rate in the world.

The recent rape and killing of a 19-year old woman named Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was a student at the University of Cape Town, sparked so much anger that many are now calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national emergency.

Women are organizing under the social media hashtag #AmINext, reminiscent of the US-origin #MeToo movement.

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