South Africa Study Abroad: Rape Culture and Women’s Empowerment

By Nichelle Brunner

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>>UPDATE (8/22/14):

Thank you so much for all your support! I recently returned from South Africa, and I was able to complete three text articles. One of those articles, which was on child marriages in South Africa, was featured in the Philadelphia Daily News. My text articles varied in subjects, from virginity testing, rape, and witchcraft killings. Please email me at nichellebrunner@temple.edu if you want more information or copies of the articles. You can also see more of my and other students’ work at tusouthafrica.com.

 

UPDATE (3/25/14): Thank you all who have donated so far! Please help me get to my goal as soon as possible so I can possibly double my goal. -NB

ABOUT ME Hello! My name is Nichelle Brunner and I am a Washington, DC native. I am a student at Temple University, studying Communications Studies. As a student at Temple, I have been involved in the National Council of Negro Women and WHIP Radio, the student-run radio on campus. Aside from my on-campus activities, I also work part-time at sandwich shop, Jimmy John’s and am a big sister through the Big Brother, Big Sister mentorship program. I have also held summer internships at ABC 7/WJLA and PBS. My hobbies include reading, watching documentaries, and hanging out with my friends. When I graduate, I want to work in public relations, radio, or the Communications office of a non-profit organization.

STUDY AWAY IN SOUTH AFRICA The Study Away South Africa program will allow me to research a topic related to South African culture in the post-Apartheid society (more about that below). While there, I will take classes for credit that will enhance skills needed for my major. I will be staying in a bed and breakfast, located in Melville, a trendy neighborhood northwest of Johannesburg. I will also have the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites, such as the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court (the notorious former prison where many political activists, such as Nelson Mandela, were detained and punished), as well as the newsrooms of various media organizations in Johannesburg.

WHY RESEARCH RAPE CULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA Rape is becoming an issue that is constantly being protested against in the United States. In this country, there are strict laws, political forces, and local and state officers that help offset the perpetuation of rapes. What happens for those of another country in cases of rape? In Johannesburg, South Africa, rape is one of the highest forms of violence in the city. Because of the commonality of rapes in the city, a rape culture has developed in Johannesburg with rape being excusable and the norm. Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and sexual violence and harassment, primarily against women, is normalized and excused. Rape culture is perpetuated by objectification of the body, using misogynistic language, and the glamorization of sexual violence, creating a society that disregards women’s bodies, rights, and safety. Although many societal and political factors are hindering Johannesburg from becoming a truly developed society, the effects of the rape culture on development is the most important and pressing factor. To understand those societal and political factors, for my major project in South Africa, I want to research these factors. Being in South Africa, I will be able to get firsthand stories and understanding of what is contributing to rape culture.

HOW YOU CAN HELP I am super excited to begin the research project in South Africa, but it will not be possible without your support. The money will be used to relieve the cost of tuition for the program–which includes housing, transportation while in South Africa, and airfare. Although the complete project costs much more, I limited my initial SCHOLARgifts goal to $800.  Please help me more than triple this goal so I may meet the expenses of my exciting study abroad program.

 

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Thank you all who have donated so far. I really appreciate your assistance! I am so very close to meeting my goal but this is the last day of my campaign. Please share my fundraising page with your family and friends and help me meet and exceed my goal. http://scholargifts.com/campaigns/south-africa-study-abroad-understanding-rape-culture-womens-empowerment/

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