During the annual 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children the media will play a vital role in getting the campaign’s messages out to the public.
But what about the other 349 days of the year? How do the media cover issues of gender and gender-based violence when the spotlight’s been turned off?
This was the topic under discussion at a Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. Lisa Vetten, director of the Tshwaranang Women’s Legal Advocacy Centre, chaired the panel, which also featured Colleen Lowe Morna, executive director of Southern African NGO Gender Links; Thabo Leshilo, Avusa’s public editor; Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice; and Professor Rachel Jewkes, director of the Medical Research Council’s gender and health research unit.