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With each passing day, South Africa and the world is grappling with the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on every sphere of life. In the day to day reporting on COVID-19, the impact on women, girls and gender non-conforming persons can at times be invisible. As you report on one of the most challenging health crises of the century, ‘Step it Up for Gender Equality in South African Media’ urges journalists, content producers, media creatives and editors to keep the gender lens on!
A gender lens highlights the specific risks and vulnerabilities women, girls and gender non-conforming persons face because of unequal gender dynamics, patriarchy, social norms and traditional gender roles. The crisis of Gender Based Violence and Femicide that South Africa faces will continue during this health crisis and in some cases, intensify.
Partnership for Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Southern Africa, UN Women.