Gender Democracy


SA Loses in a Tale of Two Rapes

South Africa's response to the brutal rape of 17-year-old Anene Booysen was "sporadic and uncoordinated", according to a Heinrich Böll Foundation research paper that was released at the beginning of July.

Eye on the Money: Women and Government Priorities in South Africa


This review of the national budget for 2014, as delivered by finance minister Pravin Gordhan on 26 February 2014, gauges the extent to which government invests in what it has identified as priorities for the country and assesses the impact of government spending choices for the 2014/15 financial on women.

Voting for Change? Women and Gender Equality in the 2014 South African Elections

Women make up more than half of South Africa's population and as of 2013, more women than men were registered to vote. One would think then, that political parties would recognise women as a significant portion of the vote. However, despite the increased representation and participation of women in political life, there has not been an observable shift in the political arena.

By Helen Johnston

Violence Against Women Mural Unveiled in Johannesburg

In South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds. The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation have unveiled a mural in Johannesburg to highlight the need for the state and communities to improve their response to violence against women.

By Mpiwa Mangwiro