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WHO says South Africa’s sexual violence now five times above global average

THE World Health Organization (WHO) says that femicide in South Africa is almost five times the global average, with sexual offences rising by 4.8 percent this year.

South Africa is one of the most unsafe places to be a woman, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who wants urgent action to tackle such violence.

The president has announced an emergency plan to stop rising assaults on South African women.

At a special sitting of parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa pledged $75m for a series of measures. He’s also promised to make sure perpetrators are held responsible for carrying out killings and rapes.

But is that enough to protect women? And what are the root causes of the violence?

South Africa is about to hold an extraordinary session of its parliament on how to tackle gender-based violence.

That follows recent protests triggered by a series of high-profile female murders. The latest crime statistics show a rise in the rates of murder and sexual offences.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has talked of a crisis after growing protests over rapes and murders but no concrete solutions have been reached. It’s estimated that three women die in an hour in Soutth Africa over sexual violence.

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