By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF)’s Secretary-General, Mahlatse Mahlase, has called upon members of the public to do away with misogyny.
Over the past couple of years SANEF has been receiving a lot of female harassment complaints from journalists.
According to SANEF, the complaints seem to be increasing by the years. “We have received and have plenty reports of female journalists being harassed especially when they are out in the field.
This sexualization of female reporters especially on Twitter which is happening repeatedly needs to stop. Members of the community need to act better. This attack of female journalists is everywhere. We should never justify violence as the proper means of rectifying any situation, that cannot be unacceptable it’s unconstitutional,” said Mahlase.
South Africa is amongst the countries with the highest number of daily reported Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases in the world, with a woman succumbing to GBV every six hours.