Reports

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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Gender-based violence and President’s promises

Christine Botha | 12 September 2019 Gender-based violence and the President’s promises: Is the state really saying enough is enough? 12 September 2019 Following the recent harrowing reports of the violent murder and rape of women that sent new shock waves through the country, tens of thousands marched to Parliament on 5 September to demand action …

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Declaration of the Presidential Summit Against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

2 Nov 2018 Declaration of the Presidential Summit Against Gender Based Violence and Femicide PREAMBLE We, the one thousand two hundred delegates of the South African Presidential National Summit Against Gender based Violence (GBV), who are survivors, the government of South Africa and South African society more broadly come from all walks of life, young …

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Media programme for the National Summit against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

31 October 2018 Government and civil society will host the National Gender-based Violence and Femicide Summit from Thursday, 1 to Friday, 2 November 2018 at Saint George’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Centurion. Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows: MEDIA PROGRAMME NATIONAL SUMMIT ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND FEMICIDE Time …

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In South Africa, women call for #TotalShutdown of gender-based violence

Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 Thousands of women embarked on protest action on 1 August across South Africa to protest the scourge of gender-based violence. Women from all walks of life used the start of the country’s Women’s Month to demonstrate their frustration and anger at the increasing levels of gender-based violence in South Africa. The …

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#SandtonShutdown, will government listen this time?

12th September 2019 | Thabo Molelekwa As South Africans grapple with the latest crime statistics that were released in Parliament on Thursday, women and gender non-conforming people make their way to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in protest against the ongoing deaths and acts of violence against women, non-binary people and children across the country.  Police …

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