About Takuwani Riime

In South Africa, a country scarred by the history of apartheid, violence against women is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates. According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey, one in five women older than 18 has experienced physical violence. This figure is reportedly higher in the poorest households, where at least one in three women has reported physical violence. A 2009 Medical Research Council study reported that three women die at the hands of their intimate partner every day. This femicide rate is five times more than the global average. The rate of sexual violence is also one of the highest in the world.