Marie Claire South Africa, November 2013

Marie Claire 11 November 2013

Naomi Watts is on yet another cover, promoting the new movie where she plays Princess Diana; DIANA.

Also with this issue, Marie Claire is launching their “Right to Respect campaign” (se press release and details below), where they feature prominent South African women taking a stand against gender-based violence. In build-up to 16 Days of Activism, they hope to get as many as possible people to sign the “Right to Respect Manifesto”, take a picture of themselves and their Manifesto, and to send it to the Marie Claire team. You can also read more about this great initiative right here.

The Right to Respect Campaign

Speak out about your right to respect with Marie Claire and 1st for Women

This November, Marie Claire and 1st for Women are encouraging the women of South Africa to speak out against gender-based violence with the launch of the Right to Respect campaign. Marie Claire and 15 powerful South African personalities took to the streets of Johannesburg and Cape Town in protest to address the various forms of abuse women all over the country endure on a daily basis, from sexual and domestic violence to misogyny and inequality in the workplace.

‘With the Right to Respect campaign we are saying that we insist on respect not because we are women but because it is a basic human right,’ says activist and Patron of the 1st for Women Trust Zelda la Grange. ‘Sixteen days of activism every year is not enough: we need to be proactive for 365 days of every year.’

The Marie Claire Right to Respect participants include:

  • Leigh-Ann Mol, 5fm Newsreader
  • Zelda la Grange, Patron 1st for Women Trust
  • Gina Myers, Elizabeth Arden Celebrity Make-Up Artist
  • Mabale Moloi, Radio and TV Personality
  • Pabi Moloi, Radio and TV Personality
  • Michelle Solomon, Court Reporter and Rape and Gender Violence Survivor and Activist
  • Unathi Msengana, Performer and Radio and TV Personality
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader for the Democratic Alliance
  • Sarah Strydom, Communications Coordinator for The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
  • Lauren Beukes, Author of The Shining Girls
  • Gugu Ndima, Speaker for the Gauteng Legislature and Author
  • Marianne Thamm, Journalist
  • Mara Glennie, Founder of Tears Foundation – a support network for rape and sexual abuse
  • Verashni Pillay, Associate Editor at The Mail & Guardian
  • Robyn Farrell, Executive Head of 1st for Women Insurance

Shocking statistics show that a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa and only one in 25 rape cases are reported in Gauteng. In fact, South Africa has the highest rate of gender-based violence in the world – a poor patriarchal legal system and low rape convictions all ensure that South African women remain under threat of one form of abuse or another. This is what the campaign wants to change. The Right to Respect campaign calls upon all South Africans – irrespective of race, gender, religion or social position – to take action against the abuse of our children, daughters, sisters and mothers.

‘Strong South African women have said enough is enough,’ says Marie Claire Editor Aspasia Karras. ‘There has never been a more critical time for us to insist on respect in all spheres of our own households and all relationships.’

To pledge your support, visit and sign the Right to Respect Manifesto to show that being a woman is not an invitation for violence. Tear out and share or simply sign the manifesto online. Readers can also upload photographs of themselves with the manifesto and mail them to to be displayed on the Marie Claire Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

Marie Claire South Africa

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