South Africa is presiding over the UN Security Council for the month of October. It has indicated that it will use its presidency to focus on Women, Peace, and Security.

With a South African leading UN Women, and the South African envoy to the United Nations stating his government’s commitment to “WPS” as a priority issue, this focus is unsurprising.

But President Cyril Ramaphosa did not attend the UN General Assembly last month, staying at home to deal with twin crises that have roiled the country and had international repercussions—attacks on women and girls on one hand, and collective violence against foreign residents in major urban centers on the other.

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