Masimanyane to launch Femicide Watch
Masimanyane Executive Director Dr Lesley Ann Foster addresses a group of women's rights activists at an international policy discussion held in East London on 2 August. Dr Foster announced a new Eastern Cape femicide watch initiative in response to an alarming spike in the murder of women.
Masimanyane Women’s Rights International is launching a regional femicide watch to collect data that will enable an accurate and detailed record of how many women are being killed in the Eastern Cape.
“A disturbing – and rising – number of women are being killed in the Eastern Cape, but we do not have an accurate record of this disturbing phenomenon because not all deaths are being reported or recorded,” Masimanyane Executive Director Lesley Ann Foster said.
“A formal femicide database will give us a clearer picture of what is happening, and allow us to begin a critical conversation about why violence against women not only persist, but are in fact escalating.”
One aspect of this initiative is going into communities and imploring and empowering these communities to take responsibility for reporting all deaths, Foster said.
“We have to get to the root cause not only of what causes femicide, but, crucially, why we are seeing a spike in the number of women being killed.”
The project would initially be limited to the Eastern Cape, but with a view to expanding it into a national database in the near future.