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The shadow pandemic: a feminist institutional perspective on civil society's work on gender-based violence in post COVID -19 South Africa
Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm, Avdelningen för mänskliga rättigheter och demokrati.
2023 (engelsk)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 poäng / 30 hpOppgave
Hållbar utveckling
SDG 5: Uppnå jämställdhet och alla kvinnors och flickors egenmakt, SDG 10: Minska ojämlikheten inom och mellan länder, SDG 16: Främja fredliga och inkluderande samhällen för hållbar utveckling, tillhandahålla tillgång till rättvisa för alla samt bygga upp effektiva, och inkluderande institutioner med ansvarsutkrävande på alla nivåer, SDG 17: Stärka genomförandemedlen och återvitalisera det globala partnerskapet för hållbar utveckling
Abstract [en]

This field study is a thematic and feminist institutionalist analysis on how the civil society and grassroot activists in Gauteng province, South Africa, has been affected and mitigated during and after the COVID -19 pandemic in their work against gender-based violence. The data consist of five semi structured interviews with primary sources, divided in the two sub-groups of activists and formal NGO representatives. 

The study presents civil society and activist viewpoints on adaptation, feminist movement building as well as shrinking space and crisis within crisis. This qualitative study is a thematic analysis linked to the theoretical framework of feminist institutionalism in the context of South Africa. The results reflect issues of representation, power balances linked to organizational status, accountability, transparency, and democracy.

Conclusion of this study is that need for adaptation and to mitigate the crisis within crisis (GBV and COVID -19 pandemic) is predominant for all stakeholders, but the viewpoints on how the pandemic affected the cooperation within the civil society sector varies between the two subgroups. The formal NGO’s viewpoint in this study is that the pandemic strengthened the cooperation within civil society and with institutions. However, the grassroot activist group’s perspective is that the pandemic created a split within the feminist movement. Shrinking democratic space is evidently affecting the grassroot activist group to a larger extent. The formal NGO group articulates an improved dialogue and cooperation with institutions and an enhanced political will to address gender-based violence. 

All stakeholders that were interviewed in this study articulates that the context with new emerging crises, such as power-poverty, inflation and food shortage are challenging the possibilities to address the “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence which is still a predominant human rights and democratic crisis in South Africa. This study contributes to the context analysis around implementation of the national strategic plan on gender-based violence and femicide and informs on challenges on feminist institutionalism in post-pandemic South Africa.

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2023. , s. 74
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Gender-based violence, institutional feminism, CSO (civil society organizations, grassroot activists, South Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1968OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1968DiVA, id: diva2:1794922
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Human Rights
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Master’s Program in Human Rights
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2023-09-14 Laget: 2023-09-06 Sist oppdatert: 2023-10-11bibliografisk kontrollert

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