SOUTH AFRICA, confronts sexual violence and discrimination

In South Africa — a country often referred to as the murder and rape capital of the world—one group of women are especially at risk. Lesbians are increasingly the targets of a particularly heinous crime: "curative" or "corrective" rape, which perpetrators believe will change their sexual orientation. We travel to South Africa to meet several survivors, who are speaking out to confront sexual violence and discrimination. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which a person is raped because of … [Read more...]

'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo

   UNICEF: 'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo   By Cornelia Walther   BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 February 2011 – Under a blue sky, the air is filled with women’s laughter and songs. It is the perfect setting for the opening of ‘City of Joy,’ a joint project of UNICEF and the non-governmental organization V-Day, providing a safe haven for survivors of sexual violence.        City of Joy will serve 180 women between the ages of 14 and … [Read more...]

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