Gender-based violence is rampant in SADC countries and is different from other kinds of violence as it affects individuals due to their sex or gender expression and the expectations that are linked to cultural perceptions of what is male and female, respectively. There is evidence to suggest that it is primarily men and boys who subject girls and women to gender violence, and gender bias is linked to perceptions of gender relations whereby women and girls are considered generally to be subordinate to men and boys. Gender-based violence is one of the main causes of repression and stigmatization of women as the “weaker gender” and has strong linkages with harmful cultural practices, women trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls.
Panel of Experts: Ms. Thoko Matshe, Olof Palme Center, Mr. Ronny Arnephy, LGBTI, Seychelles, Joana Pouponneau, Rouzeh Eghtessadi, SafAIDS.
Lead: Felicita Hikuam, ARASA.
Co-lead: Rouzeh Eghtessadi, SafAIDS.
Moderator: Linda Williams- Melanie, PS, Social Affairs.
Co-moderator: Jemma Leon, Ministry Family Planning.
Rapporteur: Mr. Ndamuka Marimo, Staff of Parliament, Zimbabwe.