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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
    Our past tells us that women mobilise in ways that produce significant political results. But the present shows how easily these gains can evaporate.
    Donor slashes support funding for SA rape survivors
    Donor slashes support funding for SA rape survivors
    A US global fund has cut back on critical funding for services provided to survivors of violent crime. Government must provide a sustainable solution.
    Losing the plot in Zuma rape trial's stories
    Losing the plot in Zuma rape trial's stories
    It wasn't really about 'impartial, objective' judgment, but rather competing narratives.
    The white right, women's murders and a massacre of statistics
    The white right, women's murders and a massacre of statistics
    Flawed reasoning and distorted statistics characterise attempts by some on South Africa's white right to prove black men are more violent than white.
    Gender Bill fails to offer women anything new
    Gender Bill fails to offer women anything new
    The proposed equality legislation just duplicates functions from other laws, and offers nothing new, writes Lisa Vetten.
    Rape in SA: Resolve, tenacity must prevail against the noise
    Rape in SA: Resolve, tenacity must prevail against the noise
    Activism has to command the short attention spans of the outraged if it is to succeed, writes Lisa Vetten.
    Catching rapists can also prevent other offences
    Catching rapists can also prevent other offences
    It is an atypical argument for a gender activist to make - that the police must put more effort into investigating cases of stranger rape.
    A prayer -- or drugs -- for the delusional
    A prayer -- or drugs -- for the delusional
    A gender activist slams the media's contention that the Protection from Harassment Bill is part of a state conspiracy to clamp down on the media
    The state of our nation
    The state of our nation
    Lisa Vetten looks at the gulf between new progressive laws and their implementation.
    Telling us what counts
    Telling us what counts
    "This year, when the statistics went up the increase was explained as proof of greater public confidence in the police, thus encouraging women to report the crime. These self-congratulatory claims, certainly demonstrate chutzpah on the part of the police," writes Lisa Vetten, the gender programme manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
    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. To the good and virtuous they dole out rich, nourishing platefuls of comfort; to the undeserving, a grudging and watery dilution of feeling. Consider the very different treatment meted out by the media to Leigh Matthews and Annemarie Engelbrecht.