Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered in a Cape Town post office, one of a spate of killings and rapes that has been the catalyst for protests against gender-based violence in South Africa, a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates.
About 3,000 women in South Africa were murdered in 2018 – or one every three hours – which is more than five times higher than the global average, the World Health Organization says.
South African women have been wearing black and marching on parliament, the stock exchange and through the streets, with thousands using the hashtag #AmINext to call for reform.
A picture of Meghan tying the yellow ribbon at the site where Mrwetyana was killed was posted on Instagram on Saturday (September 28), along with a short text that said she and Harry had “been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more” during their trip to South Africa.
“The Duchess (of Sussex) has taken private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls,” it said.
Meghan also spoke with the murdered girl’s mother, it said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa this month outlined a five-point emergency plan to tackle gender-based violence, including enhancing the legal and policy framework and ensuring adequate care and support for victims.
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