Policy Brief- May 2018- Addressing high-levels of gender-based violence and violence against LGBTI individuals in Soweto

On the 26th of February and 26th of March, SALO held two community dialogues on “How can Government address the extraordinarily high-levels of gender-based violence in general, and violence against LGBTI individuals in particular, that persist in Soweto?”. The keynote speakers for the two dialogues were Liam MacGabhann, Ambassador of Ireland, and Hon. John Jeffrey, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development respectively. The aim of these dialogues was to engage with community members to create a community-based approach in tackling the problem of gender-based violence (GBV), violence against lesbians and members of the LGBTI community in Soweto and the rest of South Africa. Both engagements were constructive and robust while recognising the deeply entrenched issues of the violence as well as the difficulty in implementing protections that are enshrined in the constitution. The concept of these dialogues came to fruition with the rising violence against LGBTI people in Soweto, particularly against a lesbian activist named Lerato Tambai Moloi who was raped and murdered in Naledi, Soweto in 2017.

Download PDF here: SALO – LGBTI Policy Brief – final