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Ending Gender-Based ViolenceJustice and Community in South Africa$
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Hannah E. Britton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043093

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043093.001.0001

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Ending Gender-Based Violence

Hannah E. Britton

University of Illinois Press

Apartheid recharted the South African landscape through its control and restructuring of place and space. The separation of races through the Group Areas Act divided populations and created pockets of extreme wealth adjacent to areas marked by overpopulation, poverty, and structural violence. While apartheid laws have been repealed for decades, inequality continues to structure the daily lived experiences of South Africans. This chapter examines a range of different communities in order to map the networks, institutional actors, and resources that address gender-based violence in the new South African geography. Efforts to end gender-based violence appear to be most successful when they are embedded in initiatives to strengthen community networks that address the larger structures of inequality and abuse.

Keywords:   apartheid, South Africa, place, race, poverty, structural violence, gender-based violence, geography, community networks

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