Conversation about gender violence and inequality in South Africa


The Embassy of France in South Africa and Lesedi La Batho organised a conversation about gender violence and inequality in South Africa on 21 April 2016 at the Alliance Française in Pretoria.

After the screening of the movie Dreamcatcher, a panel discussion took place regarding the empowerment of vulnerable groups so as to end the cycle of abuse. Furthermore, there was a presentation of the resources available from government and NGOs to support vulnerable groups.


Panelists included:

  • Mariette Slabbert: Wits University Reproductive Health and HIV Institute and the South African National Aids Council to present the SA national sex worker HIV plan 2016-2019.
  • Dianne Massawe: Advocacy Officer at Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
  • A representative of the Human Rights Commission
  • The testimony of a sex-worker

About Dreamcatcher:
Since her teens, Brenda Myers-Powell worked as a prostitute. Addicted to drugs, she was forced to abandon her kids as her life spiralled into a nightmare. Now, 25 years on, every night Brenda drives around the dark streets of Chicago looking for working girls. When found, she offers them condoms as well as an opportunity to change their lives –just as she did. By acclaimed verite filmmaker and cinematographer, Kim Longinotto.

About Lesedi la Batho:
The mission of the organisation is to provide the community, and particularly the youth, with the opportunities and skills required to realise their full potential and purpose and so become meaningfully contributing members of society. Gender based violence is fast becoming one of South Africa’s biggest barriers to reaching female and LGBTI empowerment and equality. Through a unique ethnic specific programme called Dream Catcher, Lesedi la Batho is creating awareness around gender inequality and women’s rights in the community.

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publie le 25/04/2016

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