Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
3 minute read
25 Nov 2019
6:01 am

‘Acknowledge the crisis,’ says activist on gender-based violence

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

Group calls for 365 days of advocacy and urges people to be honest and brutal about crisis.

Women protest outside the JSE in an attempt to have #sandtonshutdown, as part of country wide protest lead by women against gender based violence, 13 September 2019. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Calling out media, government and fellow South Africans for being driven by patriarchal ideologies on gender-based violence (GBV), survivor and activist Rosie Motene said the radical campaign launching today by People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) would urge people to be “honest” and “brutal” about the crisis. Motene was an integral part of the #MeToo movement in the SA entertainment industry last year after coming out as one of the women who allegedly fell victim to a prominent producer’s sexually predatory encounters. She experienced sexual abuse as a young woman in university and it had taken her 12 years to become...