As we approach yet another 16 days of activism against gender-based violence during what has been a very difficult year, especially for women and gender non-conforming persons, we as the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa express our continued commitment to raising awareness
and continuing our work to end discrimination and gender-based violence.

Despite the enormous challenges of 2020 we know that every single year is a bad year for South African women and gender non-conforming persons who bear the brunt of men’s violence against them. We need to begin to challenge the widespread, yet everyday misogyny, sexism, sexual entitlement, homophobia and transphobia if we are ever to make any inroads in ending gender-based violence. It is also essential that we build and raise consciousness about gender-based violence and how it is linked to everyday and systemic sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.

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