April 20, 2020

Sonke is alarmed by funding crisis faced by Thuthuzela Care Centres and the impact on survivors of gender-based violence

Sonke Gender Justice is alarmed by recent media reports which claim that half of the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) across the country are without counselling services or forced to rely on only one or two social workers to assist victims of sexual abuse and violence, due to lack of funding.1 This is partly because funding from […]

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Sonke and SAfm co-host dialogue focusing on the role of local government in preventing and addressing GBV

On Thursday, 22nd August 2019, Sonke Gender Justice, in partnership with SAfm, co-hosted a live Outside Broadcast Dialogue focusing on “The Role of Local Government in Preventing and Addressing Gender-Based Violence,” as part of activities to mark Women’s Month. The dialogue was held against the background that local government is the level of government that

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Sonke Gender Justice calls on the government to take effective and pragmatic steps to combat the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide

Sonke Gender Justice is calling on the government to take effective and pragmatic steps to combat the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide. Sonke welcomes the decision by the SA legislature to set up time in parliament for a debate on the scourge of GBV and femicides. Given the gravity of this situation we trust

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Launch of the Decriminalisation of Petty By-Laws Campaign in South Africa

Today, World Homeless Day, marks the official launch of a civil society campaign to decriminalise poverty-related by-laws in South Africa. We reject the effective criminalisation of poverty through municipal by-laws currently targeting the poor and the most marginalised in South Africa. Various South African municipalities enforce by-laws criminalising or penalising conduct related to the performance

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Sonke and #UniteBehind will have a joint action to highlight the issues of GBV and women and children’s safety on public transport

The action, taking place at the tail end of transport month on the 31st October 2019 at the Cape Town Station will see activists, public transport commuters and other road users share their experiences and converging to demand authorities to address their collective concerns. The action will be followed by a march to parliament, where

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Sonke calls on Deputy President David Mabuza and the Presidency to denounce homophobic and transphobic laws across the continent

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) wishes to unequivocally condemn recent remarks by Deputy President, David Mabuza in respect of the potential revival of homophobic laws in Uganda. It has been reported that Uganda may re-introduce the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that seeks to impose the death penalty for same-sex sexual conduct. In terms of existing laws from the colonial-era, those

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WOMEN MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE

Journalist Brümilda Swartbooi | Thursday, 02 August 2018, 07:12 GEORGE NEWS – More than 90 women from George, Knysnsa and Plettenberg Bay participated in the nationwide Total Shutdown march against gender-based violence yesterday, 1 August.  Click here for a photo gallery. Marchers, dressed in black and red, departed from the corner of Market and Cradock streets at

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Entrances into Alexandra blockaded

19 June 2019, 7:05 AM  |  Sashin Naidoo  |  @tshepimoche Residents of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, have begun blockading entrances and exits of the township as part of the so-called total shutdown of the area on Wednesday. The planned demonstration follows Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s promise to rebuild the illegal structures which were demolished last month. In April, residents

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