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Invitation to a debate: Elections and Paper Promises

What do Political Parties Say About the Problem of Violence against Women?

2 APRIL 2009 South Africa’s statistics for rape remain some of the highest in the world. Figures for the number of women killed by their intimate male partners are also amongst the world’s highest. We may ask, with the country’s fourth democratic election imminent, how political parties are proposing to deal with violence against women? To debate these issues, the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Women’sNet and the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand are hosting a forum on 2 April 2009. Its key objectives are:
  • To highlight violence against women as an area of policy concern
  • To understand political parties’ various positions and responses to the problem of violence against women
  • To create a space for critical engagement with these positions
View the invitation Read the City Press article reporting on the debate Read the response to the debate published by Sowetan, Pretoria News, & Vallweekblad by Lisa Vetten (TLAC) and Sally Shackelton (Women'sNet)

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