#19-18 Rural Women’s Movement vs Rape Culture

Changing rape culture community by community

An interview with Sizani Ngubane, co-founder of the Rural Women’s Movement based in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, about the origins of rape culture in her region, its confusion with the traditional cultural practice of ukuthwala, and the delicate process of bringing communities to reject, prosecute and defend against all forms of rape and abduction.

Host(s): Sarah Newton, Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Sizani Ngubane is a lifelong activist. Since the end of apartheid, she has focused her attention on women’s rights at local, national, and international levels. In 1998, she left her position as a Gender Specialist at the Association for Rural Development to concentrate on building the Rural Women’s Movement, which does many kinds of projects.

Credits: Interview by Frieda Werden. Editing and narration by Sarah Newton. Thanks to Susan Bazilli for travel support.

Comments: Find more about RWM at facebook.com/ruralwomensmovement
Followup on the rape case that was undecided by the appeals court at the time of the interview: The appeals court sustained the previous conviction on the rape charges, but set aside the conviction for assault, saying that the assault was part of the rape and should not have been treated as a separate charge.