Outcry in South Africa after woman found stabbed and hanging from tree https://t.co/70FlyPHrYN
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 9, 2020
- The brutal murder of a woman in South Africa has sparked a national outcry over violence against women. Tshegofatso Pule was missing for four days before her body was found hanging from a tree. According to government data, a woman is killed every three hours in South Africa, prompting president Ramaphosa to declare the country as “one of the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman.”
- A male lawmaker was appointed to Israel’s national Committee for the Advancement of Women & Gender Equality. Oded Forer took over as head of the committee despite a lack of experience. The Israeli feminist group Kulan condemned the decision in a response posted to Facebook:
“This comes at a time where Israeli women are facing a crisis, with domestic violence at an all-time high and the coronavirus exacerbating women’s social and economic inequality. More than ever, the Committee for the Advancement of Women needs a qualified and expert leader at the helm. This is not that.”
- Nearly 3,700 cases of violence against women and children in the Philippines have been recorded during the first month of lockdown, according to a report by the Chief of National Police. The information comes on the heels of a recently published study revealing that the country has become the world’s largest known source of child sexual exploitation.
- Women and girls in Fiji are forced to choose food over sanitary products due to a sharp rise in prices during the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent report from Plan International Australia also lists severe shortages of pads and tampons and lack of access to basic information about menstrual hygiene management as key challenges.