Gender-based violence



Gender-based violence remains a deep-rooted problem in South Africa and other African countries. Gender-based violence is violence that is directed at an individual based on her or his biological sex or gender identity. 


What are the major causes of gender-based violence?

  • Misusing alcohol and other drugs is a major factor in gender-based violence because these substances can make it difficult for some people to control their anger and behaviour. As a result, alcohol and drug abuse are factors in gender-based violence.
  • Family violence can lead to a cycle of abuse, so those who grow up in a violent household are more likely to engage in gender-based violence.
  • In some societies, men learn to be violent through socialization. 
  • Poverty enhances gender-based violence because poor women and men endure numerous forms of discrimination and are more likely to be violent.
  • Girls and women who marry as children are more likely to experience sexual, physical, and psychological abuse and other effects throughout their lives.


  • We should educate people on the roots of violence against women and develop action plans. 
  • Men can better foster a safe environment for all people, including children at home, at school and community.
  • Both parents should be involved in raising their children. Including male role models in their care and development from an early age strengthens the relationship and connection between caregivers and their charges.
  • Men’s involvement in care work can reduce men’s violence against women. 
  • A woman expressing her experience of violence is the first step in ending the cycle of abuse, and society should hold each other accountable. Therefore, the government should establish a safe place for women. You can help by calling it out when you see it. The inhabitants should understand and practice consent.



Gender-based violence prohibits women from engaging in peace and is a barrier to peace and security. But in South Africa, gender-based violence is one of the major causes of mortality for women due to its scope and prevalence. In our ideal world, everyone would be treated equally.


Douglas Sekgobela


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