Femicide a rising concern

Femicide is a gender-based hate crime term, which can be defined as “the intentional killings of females”.

Other feminists put emphasis on the intention or purpose of the act being directed at females specifically because they are female.

It has been brought to our attention in the past few years that many women in South Africa have been killed by romantic partners, Uber drivers and other horrible members of society.

If they weren’t getting killed to harvest their organs for satanic practices, then they were getting kidnapped for human trafficking.

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This is the most disgusting, most cruel behaviour humans can display.

How do you go to sleep at night as a human knowing that you have taken someone’s life?

Women live their lives each day without certainty of waking up tomorrow.

You could upset your partner then he kills you or you could walk in the streets and get kidnapped to be trafficked for sex.

Where are women in South Africa safe if not in the streets or even their own homes?

Where can women exist and be confident that their mere existence does not put their lives in danger?

Have you ever asked yourself if men need to change their outfits because they fear it may make them a target for human trafficking?

Or if men need to pace and get out their pepper spray as soon as they see a car approach them while out on their evening jog.

This needs to come to an end.

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In the past two years there have been countless acts of femicide. We have lost women such as a Mangosuthu University of Technology student Zolile Khumalo, Karabo Mokoena who was killed and burned by her romantic partner, Amanda Tweyi who was shot in 2014 at a Rhodes University residence by an ex and many others.

Recently in KwaThema a girl’s body was recovered after being stabbed to death.

It’s so alarming that women’s lives are in danger each minute of every day.

Last Wednesday was #TheTotalShut down where women all over South Africa were urged to wear black and red.

There was a national women’s march to display dissatisfaction with the state of the country with regards to women abuse.

We can only put our hopes in the authorities that are put into power to protect women and trust that even in those very unfortunate situations where lives are taken that justice will prevail.

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