Rural Women’s Movement vs Rape Culture

We present 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
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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.


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