#TotalShutdown: South African Women Take to the Streets To Protest Gender-Based Violence


Activists in South Africa are fed up, and they’re doing something about it. Faced with an upswing of violence against women, citizens took to the streets to demand government officials do more to protect women and children as well as hold perpetrators accountable for their abusive violence.

At the start of the country’s Women’s Month, which runs the length of August, South African women and their allies, wore red and black. They shut down streets and government buildings across the country to deliver a powerful message: “My body, not your crime scene.”

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