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Imagine being trapped with your abuser, with nowhere to hide. This is what happened to some women in South Africa last year during the first three weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown.


During that time alone, the government’s gender-based violence and femicide command centre recorded more than 120 000 victims. Later in the year, police minister Bheki Cele announced that South Africa was still the rape capital of the world, with about 132 incidents per 100 000 people.


The NWU has joined the fight against this shocking scourge. We are running a campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence and related issues through six events that started in April and will continue until October. Click here to read more about how the NWU stands up against the abuse.

Joining the fight against gender-based violence

Watch the video to find out what our staff and students have to say about gender-based violence.


eish! is produced and published in English, Setswana and Afrikaans by the Corporate Communication department of the NWU.

Editorial  team: Staff from the NWU’s Corporate Communication department

Language editing: Clairwyn van der Merwe

Design and layout: Karen Viljoen

Photography: NWU colleagues and service providers

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