South Africa has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world – the global rate is 39% of homicides of women are committed by an intimate partner, here it is is 57%. In yet another femicide case, where a Khayelitsha man, Goodman Sobade, killed and dismembered his wife Agnes Msiza, Judge Salie-Hlope who was presiding, said: ‘We have become the femicide capital of the world’.
In trying to combat this scourge, this Women’s Month 2019 sees the an informative web-based service to help domestic violence victims. It has a free legal helpline ‘manned by a women-only team at LawForAll, and links to police, helplines and counseling services, as well as a list of shelters’, says Yvonne Wakefield, founder of the portal, the Warrior Project.
‘The statistics are frightening,’ says Wakefield. “The problem of domestic abuse and gender-based violence in South Africa has reached massive proportions. It is now a crisis, and I could no longer look the other way.”
Two other female business leaders, Jackie Nagtegaal of LawForAll and Aisha Pandor of SweepSouth have joined the Project to assist with their skills.
“It’s amazing how powerful ideological alignment between women on these issues can be,”says Wakefield.
The Warrior Project, originally accessible only to SweepSouth’s network of 100 000 domestic workers, is now free to the general public.
Wakefield say the associated social media sites ‘also provide for sharing of stories to educate and inspire those in abusive relationships who feel alone and incapable of making a change’.
For more info:
Email: The Warrior Project
Phone 0860 333 353