Fighting Rape-Culture: South African Students Get Lessons in Self-defense

Published October 18th, 2018 - 09:12 GMT

Written by Sally Shakkour

As rape crimes are seen to be increasing rapidly in South Africa, girls, those who live in Soweto are learning how to defend themselves via program called 'Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls'.

According to trainer Dimakatso Monokoli, "You are going to pretend that it is the rapist's testicles".
 
Official statistics in the country shows that over 110 rapes are recorded by the police every day.
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Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls are taught how to defend themselves physically but also how to identify and respond to potentially dangerous situations. (AFP/File)

Girls are taught how to defend themselves physically but also how to identify and respond to potentially dangerous situations. (AFP/File)

"Empowerment through Self-defence for women and girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

"Empowerment through Self-defence for women and girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls line up to practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls line up to practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Instructor Den Manda (23) puts up charts on a wall during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS). (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Instructor Den Manda (23) puts up charts on a wall during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS). (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

School girls play in a corridor of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

School girls play in a corridor of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are recorded by the police each day in South Africa. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are recorded by the police each day in South Africa. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)

Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls are taught how to defend themselves physically but also how to identify and respond to potentially dangerous situations. (AFP/File)
"Empowerment through Self-defence for women and girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls line up to practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Instructor Den Manda (23) puts up charts on a wall during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS). (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
School girls play in a corridor of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are recorded by the police each day in South Africa. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through Self-defence for Women and Girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls are taught how to defend themselves physically but also how to identify and respond to potentially dangerous situations. (AFP/File)
Girls are taught how to defend themselves physically but also how to identify and respond to potentially dangerous situations. (AFP/File)
"Empowerment through Self-defence for women and girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
"Empowerment through Self-defence for women and girls" which aims to create a world free form fear of gender based violence. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls line up to practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Girls line up to practice self defence methods during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS) called "Empowerment through self-defence for women and girls". (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Instructor Den Manda (23) puts up charts on a wall during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS). (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Instructor Den Manda (23) puts up charts on a wall during a session with NGO Action Breaks Silence (ABS). (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
School girls play in a corridor of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
School girls play in a corridor of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School in the are of Orlando West, in the South African township of Soweto. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are recorded by the police each day in South Africa. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
Official statistics suggest that more than 110 rapes are recorded by the police each day in South Africa. (GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)