Every three hours a woman is murdered in South Africa, and the country has the fourth highest female interpersonal violence death rate in the world.

South Africa’s rape statistics are amongst the highest globally, with an average of 114 rapes being reported to the police every day.

The theme of gender-based violence will be the focus of the first of four hackathons taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg over a one-year period as part of an initiative by the US Embassy in South Africa called “Hackathons for South Africa: Digital Solutions for Real World Challenges”.

The inaugural hackathon will be held in the EY premises at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town over the weekend of 23 and 24 November 2019. Emerging software developers, IT professionals, trainers, civil society organisations, students, academics and professionals with expertise relevant to the theme are all invited to attend the event and create innovative digital solutions to the problem of gender-based violence.