Tragic row

Lovers’ quarrel ends in murder of two sisters and a brother-in-law. Chris Ndaliso
and Nontuthuko Ngubane report.

‘End sexual violence’

Aphiwe Boyce of the Sandton Chronicle questions the validity of statistics measuring sexual crime levels in South Africa.

Pollsmoor is no rehab

Faith Carter reports on the horrendous conditions suffered by inmates at Pollsmoor in the Constantiaberg Bulletin.

Sonke and Lawyers For Human Rights on the overcrowded conditions at Pollsmoor prison

In today’s Mail & Guardian, Sonke’s Emily Keehn, Czerina Patel and Lawyers For Human Rights‘ Clare Ballard write about the oppressive and disease-inducing conditions subjected upon awaiting trial detainees at Pollsmoor Prison’s severely overcrowded remand facilities: Comment: Overcrowded jails deadly, inhumane Open Society Foundations The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Bhekisisa

Mail & Guardian publishes an article on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The Mail & Guardian has published an article on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in which they quote Sonke’s Advocacy and Accountability Programmes Director, Vuyiseka Dubula: “…[S]exual rights of women are compromised in relationships where women do not have power to negotiate safe sex particularly when it comes to prevention of HIV transmission.” ‘Once he says he […]

Male prison rape survivors speak out

Sonke Gender Justice, Just Detention International & NICRO are partnered to increase public awareness around prisoner rape. In the Mail & Guardian today, three brave men who went through a digital story-telling process with us speak out about rape in prisons.

Tanzania: Men Join Women’s Rights Bandwagon in Tarime

Almost 300 people, the majority of them men and boys, have turned up to attend a community public meeting held to promote the rights of women and children in Tarime district, Mara region. The meeting, which was held at Serengeti ground in Tarime town, was organized by Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF), a non-governmental organization, through […]

Sisonke Msimang interviewed in M&G feature on mainstreaming feminism in South Africa

What happened to feminism in South Africa? Sisonke Msimang, a Policy Development and Advocacy consultant for Sonke Gender Justice speaks on the issue in this article in this week’s Mail & Guardian. The bokkie stops here: Let’s make feminism fashionable again The fight for women’s rights has too often been stigmatised and ignored in […]

Miners seek justice over killer dust

Sonke’s Dean Peacock and Emily Nagisa Keehn and the Treatment Action Campaign’s Anele Yawa write in the Mail & Guardian about mine workers afflicted with silicosis and/or TB launching a historic class action lawsuit for compensation.

Memorandum on National Strategic plan to end gender-based violence making headlines

A memorandum sent to Women Minister Susan Shabangu, signed by Sonke and a coalition of civil organisations, urging Minister Shabangu to implement a fully-funded National Strategic Plan for Gender-Based Violence, made headlines in Business Day last week. Read the full press release here: Patriarchy Revisited More than 35 organisations and thousands of South Africans participated […]

Sonke writes about the murder of nine year old Queen (from Delft) in the City Press

Sonke’s Bongani Kona writes in the City Press about how reporting on the rape and murder of nine year old Queen was emotionally wrenching and also helped him reconnect with the problem of overwhelming sexual violence and violence against women and children in South Africa. Read the full article here: