We got it! After 140,000 people from more than 150 countries called on the justice minister to meet with local activists leading the fight against ‘corrective rape’, the chief of staff has just informed Change.org that the minister will, without question, meet with activists, prosecutors and police to discuss ‘corrective rape’.
Last week South Africa’s Justice Minister told the world that he is “very deeply concerned” about corrective rape and “there is a process in hand now in order to deal with this particular issue.” Earlier today, we wrote to the minister asking that he follow up his words with action.
We did it again! In the course of just two months, a tiny group of relatively disempowered women fighting rapists from a safehouse in the townships of South Africa have managed to force the minister of justice, one of the country’s most powerful men, to go on record acknowledging ‘corrective rape’, expressing his “very deep concern” about it and responding to their demands.
With the phenomenal support of 107,053 people from 163 countries — the most popular campaign ever launched on Change.org — a tiny group of lesbian activists in South Africa just scored a major victory, taking “corrective rape” from an unspoken epidemic to a national discussion.
Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists hiding out in a safehouse in the townships of Cape Town started a petition calling on the country’s justice minister to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their Change.org petition, the most popular of all time, received it’s 100,000th signature earlier today.
Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists posted a petition from a safehouse in a township of Cape Town, South Africa calling on the Ministry of Justice to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their petition has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. Ndumie Funda, the one-woman leader of the group, says she is overwhelmed by the campaign’s success.
Last month a tiny group of women based out of a Cape Town safehouse started a petition calling on South Africa’s justice minister to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. It has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. What has the minister done since? Absolutely nothing. That’s about to change…
A global pioneer in gay rights legislation, South Africa is also the world’s leader in rates of ‘corrective rape’, whereby men rape lesbian women to ‘turn’ them straight. Now one group of women from the Cape Town townships are organizing against rapists and taking on the country’s minister of justice.