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Lisa Vetten

Lisa Vetten

    Local elections 2016 show that South Africa’s women continue to play second fiddle
    Local elections 2016 show that South Africa’s women continue to play second fiddle
    Three events converge in August in South Africa: the 60th anniversary of the march by women to the
    Donor slashes support funding for SA rape survivors
    Donor slashes support funding for SA rape survivors
    Can South Africa afford to have post-rape assistance severely compromised?
    Losing the plot in Zuma rape trial's stories
    Losing the plot in Zuma rape trial's stories
    "It must have been clear from the beginning," announced Judge Willem van der Merwe during the trial of Jacob Zuma for rape, "that I would not have...
    The white right, women's murders and a massacre of statistics
    The white right, women's murders and a massacre of statistics
    In 2002 the Medical Research Council (MRC) undertook the first national study of female homicide in South Africa. Now, 12 years later, the study has...
    Gender Bill fails to offer women anything new
    Gender Bill fails to offer women anything new
    The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has quietly tiptoed into Parliament. But, given the insubstantial nature of its offerings, such...
    Rape in SA: Resolve, tenacity must prevail against the noise
    Rape in SA: Resolve, tenacity must prevail against the noise
    I am a panellist on SABC2's Big Debate. The subject is violence against women and the discussions are dense with mismatched ideas. ...
    Catching rapists can also prevent other offences
    Catching rapists can also prevent other offences
    Usually, we are more focused on criticising police officers for disbelieving women and teenage girls who allege rape by men known to them. But the...
    A prayer -- or drugs -- for the delusional
    A prayer -- or drugs -- for the delusional
    Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. When the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) claimed that the Protection from Harassment Bill was part...
    The state of our nation
    The state of our nation
    In his State of the Nation speech earlier this year, President Thabo Mbeki told us that 2006 would mark the start of an Age of Hope -- a time when...
    Telling us what counts
    Telling us what counts
    Last year, when the rape statistics went down, this was offered as proof of the police's success in preventing rape. This year, when the statistics...
    Witches, angels and the media
    Witches, angels and the media
    Journalists are the self-appointed custodians of the pot of public sympathy and they guard its apportionment jealously.
    Mbeki and Smith both got it wrong
    Mbeki and Smith both got it wrong
    Statistics, in and of themselves make for boring conversation and dull reading. Yet they leap to volatile, political life when used to make...