FP Virtual Dialogue: Fighting a Shadow Pandemic

December 4, 2020

Combating violence against women across the African continent

The disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women around the world has been widely documented. Among them is the rise in violence against women that has proliferated as a “shadow pandemic” during this crisis, a worrisome increase in domestic abuse, cyberbullying, rape and sexual harassment. This has been compounded by the loss of economic opportunity, which often pushes women into informal sectors where they are more exposed to such threats.

South Africa has been at the forefront of this problem as one of the countries with the highest femicide rates anywhere in the world. The nation has been grappling with deep-rooted issues of oppression, abuse, and violence against women, stemming from its apartheid era and patriarchal culture and now exacerbated by the pandemic. 

Looking at South Africa’s case, this FP Virtual Dialogue -in partnership with Brand South Africa- will bring together women trailblazers who have campaigned to raise awareness about this shadow pandemic and advocated for more gender-equal measures across policy, law enforcement, and civil society to help eradicate gender-based violence. 

Tune in as we shed light on this urgent issue and add your voice to the conversation using #AfricasShadowPandemic

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Event Details
December 4, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Webinar login information will be provided upon registration
Speakers
Anne Githuku-Shongwe
Representative, UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office
Anne Githuku-Shongwe is the Representative for UN Women's South Africa Multi-Country Office which is responsible for women's empowerment and gender equality in Botswana, Lesotho...
Keitumetse Fatimata Moutloatse
Founder and chairperson, Black Womxn Caucus
Keitumetse is a feminist organizer pursuing an honor’s degree in Social Work, at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the founder and chairperson of Black Womxn Caucus,...
Xanthe Scharff, PhD
CEO AND COFOUNDER, THE FULLER PROJECT
Dr. Scha...
Thandi Tobias
Chairperson of the Board, Brand South Africa
Ms Tobias matriculated at Phiritona Secondary school and obtained an advanced diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape. She also attained a Certificate...
Zozibini Tunzi
Miss Universe, 2019
Zozibini Tunzi is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She is the t...
Mudunwazi Baloyi
COUNTRY HEAD, USA, BRAND SOUTH AFRICA
Mudunwazi Baloyi is the Country Head: USA for Brand South Africa based in New York. Before this position he held several senior positions in the South African government includi...