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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

During the democratic transition, the South African women’s movement focused on creating governmental institutions for women’s empowerment. However, these institutions have not been sufficient to ensure social change. This chapter examines the stories of community leaders who are attempting to fill in the gaps and to address gender-based violence, as well as the stories of community organizers, religious leaders, and tradition leaders who challenge patterns of violence in homes, relationships, and communities. Relying on individual leaders and policy advocates is a tenuous model, given that success is linked to people rather than institutions, and people are not permanent. Similarly, while many community leaders break with “traditional” ideas of male superiority, others continue to deploy these norms to the detriment of women’s empowerment.

Keywords:   democratic transition, South Africa, community leaders, gender-based violence, religious leaders, traditional leaders, policy advocates

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