GBV Updates

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Launch of Declaration against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide and opening of Booysens Magistrate’s Court

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the Declaration against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide and the official opening of the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Booysens, Johannesburg Programme Director,Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,MECs and members of the provincial legislature,Members of the judiciary,Members of the legal fraternity,Representatives of civil society,Religious and …

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SA FACING CRISIS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN – RAMAPHOSA

Ayanda Nyathi | 2019 JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is facing a national crisis when it comes to dealing with violence against women and children. Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the opening of a new magistrates court in Booysens, in the south of Johannesburg on Thursday. We refuse, as the people of South Africa, to yield …

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President Ramaphosa launches the GBVF Declaration and opens the Booysens Magistrate’s Court

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address at the Presidential launch of the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration. The launch event, at the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Oakdene South, Johannesburg, coincides with the official opening of this new court. The Declaration is one of the outcomes of the National Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit …

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Women are still facing battle for equal pay

This article was originally written for The CitizenBy Chisom Jenniffer Okoye Movements for women rights expressed their displeasure with the findings of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) wage report’s 2018-19 statistics that stated women in South Africa are paid 19.4% less than men on hourly wages. The ILO reported: “Looking at all the different estimates, one …

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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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