On 15 August 2013, representatives of the departments of Social Development and Health, parliament and civil society attended a roundtable hosted at the Heinrich Böll Foundation to explore multi-sector responses for improved shelter services for abused women.
In South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds. The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation have unveiled a mural in Johannesburg to highlight the need for the state and communities to improve their response to violence against women.
Khayelitsha township experiences one of the highest rates of violence against women in the Cape Town metro. In October 2012, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in partnership with Free Gender hosted a town hall meeting that sought to engage all relevant stakeholders in order to identify priority interventions for local government
Seeking insights into how Southern African feminists think about the situation, feminist, author and journalist Christi van der Westhuizen discusses the possibilities for feminist action in South Africa today with Claire Mathonsi, who until recently was the director of operations at the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women.