Lisa Vetten

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

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

It wasn't really about 'impartial, objective' judgment, but rather competing narratives.

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

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

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

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 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

Lisa Vetten looks at the gulf between new progressive laws and their implementation.

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

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.

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 arguments about race and violence, sex and death -- as the angry exchanges between President Thabo Mbeki, anti-rape activist Charlene Smith and the Democratic Alliance's Ryan Coetzee demonstrate. These debates are important for the questions they raise, argues Lisa Vetten.

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