Masimanyane hosts UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women Dr Dubravka Simonovic is flanked by Dr Lesley-Ann Foster of Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre and Buffalo City Metro executive mayor Alfred Mtsi.

South Africa’s constitution might be extremely progressive, but it is not enough for women exposed to violent men.

This was the message from the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Croation national Dr Dubravka Simonovic, who was in South Africa at the invitation of the national government to assess the overall situation of violence against women and girls in South Affrica, which she has described as “one of the most pervasive” human rights violations globally.

UN special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed to report to the UN on an issue affecting a nation-state or the global community. Simonovic was appointed to her three-year term in June. She had extensive experience in human rights work both in her home country and within UN structures.

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