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.