PHOTOESSAY: #AmINext

By Arron Moos

Photographer Arron Moos captured the #AmINext march at Parliament, Cape Town on 5 September 2019 as protestors raised their placards in solidarity with those who have survived gender-based violence, calling for action from government.

Protestors took to the streets calling for an end to violence against women. Police used water cannons and stun grenades  throughout the week to disperse protesters. 5 September 2019. Photo: Arron Moos

Protestors demanded to speak to President Cyril Ramaphosa following outrage over the murder of 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana. Mrwetyana was raped and murdered after collecting a parcel at a post office in Claremont. 5 September 2019. Photo: Arron Moos.

Women carried placards calling for an end to gender-based violence and more action to be taken against perpetrators of violence against women and children. They also criticized police for responding to protests but not being at crime scenes when women call for help. 5 September 2019. Photo: Arron Moos.

South Africa is one of the most violent countries in the world for women to live in. According to Africa Check, the most recent data indicates that a woman is murdered every 3 hours in South Africa and there were almost 3,000 adult women murdered in 2017/8. According to the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the fourth highest female interpersonal violence death rate out of the 183 countries. Photo: Arron Moos.

In a statement released this week President Cyril Ramaphosa said that violence against women has become a “national crisis” and that there has been “progress” towards establishing and reviewing laws on domestic violence and sexual offenses in a bid to prioritise survivors of abuse. Photo: Arron Moos.

Protestors called for men to interrogate their culture. Highlighting #TransLives Matter, the protestor asks men to question the small acts that underline patriarchal hegemony. Photo: Arron Moos.

Protestors called for the public to ‘remember Khwezi’. Known as Khwezi to many, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo was a remarkable, resilient woman who withstood a vitriolic backlash after accusing then ANC deputy president, Jacob Zuma, of raping her in 2005. Photo: Arron Moos.

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Arron Moos

Arron Moos is a 22 year old photographer and multimedia graduate based in Cape Town, South Africa. Having grown up in Johannesburg, his transition to the coast was more than a call for change, it was a call to retrace his roots to the Mother City and his Coloured culture. Where his undergraduate film and […]

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