Women in various parts of South Africa have taken to the streets to protest the increasing levels of gender-based violence in the country.
South Africa’s femicide rate is five times more than the global rate. According to a report by Africa Check, the global figure for femicide in 2015 was 2.4 per 100,000 women, while South Africa’s rate was four times higher at 9.6 per 100,000 women.
According to the organizers’ website, ‘The Total Shutdown’ marches will take place in eight provinces as well as in other African countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia.
The women planned to march to South Africa’s parliament, Supreme Court of Appeal and other provincial and regional structures where a memorandum of demands would be handed over to the government, organizers said.