Women locked down by two deadly pandemics, with nowhere to turn

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Women locked down by two deadly pandemics, with nowhere to turn

A researcher’s data on what happened behind closed doors during lockdown has revealed frightening stats

Senior science reporter

The ban on alcohol in the country during lockdown reduced all forms of interpersonal violence. However, the effect of lockdown itself on gender-based violence (GBV) has been laid bare by a researcher, who shows how women and children were in the line of fire behind closed doors in their homes.

The government GBV and femicide command centre recorded more than 120,000 victims in the first three weeks of lockdown, said Rose Gawaya, a gender adviser at the Social Policy Network, who is completing her PhD at Johannesburg’s Wits School of Governance.

By mid-April, in Tshwane alone, the call centre was receiving between 500 and 1,000 cases a day...

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