02 June 2023 – Sonke Gender Justice is concerned about the reported increase in murder cases of women and children in South Africa, as Police Minister Bheki Cele released the statistics for crimes recorded between January and March 2023 earlier this week. More than nine hundred women are reported to have been killed, while just […]

Sonke Gender Justice Welcomes The Conviction Of Gerhard Ackerman

Johannesburg, 28 April 2023 – Sonke welcomes the conviction of child sex abuse ring kingpin Gerhard Ackerman for the crimes he committed. The Gauteng High Court found Ackerman guilty of multiple charges linked to a child sex abuse ring that he masterminded. Ackerman targeted vulnerable teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 16, recruiting […]

A Call For The African Union Commission To Urgently Intervene In Sudan Conflict

Johannesburg, 26 April 2023 – Sonke Gender Justice is deeply saddened by the  current political conflict in Sudan. Fighting between the country’s armed forces and the  paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted early this month in North Darfur,  following months of tensions over a power-sharing deal, amid an attempted transition to  democracy after a military […]

Sonke Gender Justice Laments South Africa’s Failing Justice System

Johannesburg, 14 April 2023 – Sonke Gender Justice condemns what it calls a woeful South African justice system. This comes as charges against the four men accused of killing Hillary Gardee have been provisionally withdrawn due to the unavailability of state witnesses. Gardee, who is the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee, was found […]

Gender-based violence is a pervasive problem that continues to plague our society

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, South Africa observed Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is an affirmation by ordinary people, who rise in unison to proclaim their rights while also drawing attention to issues that South Africans continue to face which undermine these rights. Unfortunately, South Africa has a long history of violence against women, […]

Sonke Gender Justice calls for prioritisation of the safety of sex workers

Sonke Gender Justice is deeply saddened and outraged at the killings of six sex workers last weekend in central Johannesburg.  The six decomposing bodies were discovered inside a panel beater’s shop by a security guard, after he noticed a strange smell coming from the building.  The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, made a commitment […]

Sonke Gender Justice calls for justice for the death of Mahsa Amini

Ms Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman died in the hands of morality police last week. She was visiting the Iranian capital with her family when she was detained on Tuesday by the morality police because she was not wearing “improper” headscarf in public. The police unit is responsible for enforcing the Islamic republic’s strict dress […]

Sonke Gender Justice condemns the inappropriate statements made by Minister of Police Bheki Cele and Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, John Steenhuisen over the past week

Steenhuisen referred to his ex-wife as “roadkill” on MacG’s podcast. When MacG posed the question, “what is roadkill?” and he answered, “sounds a lot like my ex-wife.” Furthermore, in response to the #CeleMustGo billboard, Bheki Cele said if the DA was serious about gender-based violence, they could have dealt with Steenhuisen because he abused a woman […]

Sonke Gender Justice appalled to learn about the alleged sexually harassment allegations levelled against Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Enock Godongwana is the latest prominent political figure to face sexual misconduct allegations. The minister allegedly sexually abused a massage therapist at Kruger National Park, according to reports. Sonke Gender Justice is outraged by allegations of sexual harassment allegedly committed by South Africa’s Finance Minister, Enock Godongwana. The allegations are incredibly disheartening and should be […]

Sonke Gender Justice calls on the leadership of the SAPS to take responsibility for the incompetence of its members at the Madeira police station in Stutterheim

South Africa watched with horror the level of incompetence demonstrated by police on a GBV related matter caught on camera in Stutterheim. Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is disappointed by the insensitivity and incompetence of the South African Police Services (SAPS) showed in a video clip in the public domain. On the 25th of May 2022, […]

Tackling a global crisis at grassroots level

Communities are the bedrock of society, they hold the power to influence a change to the status quo as it relates to violent and unjust treatment of women, girls, differently abled persons and members of the lgbtqi+ community. Until we empower, educate and seek to redress the gender stereotypes within our communities, we will not […]

Sonke Gender Justice calls for a political settlement to end Ukraine and Russia conflict

Sonke Gender Justice calls for an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and encourages a peaceful settlement between the two countries. Russia launched its invasion on Ukraine on 24 February 2022 following the Russian President, Vladimir Putin announcement of “a special military operation” against Ukraine. The decision was based on the recognition of the […]

Sonke Gender Justice commends the removal of Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Community Safety MEC, from office following allegations of sexual assault

Sonke Gender Justice welcomes Premier Alan Winde’s decision to remove Albert Fritz from his position. This comes after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, allegedly against young women recruited to work in his office, was completed. We learned earlier this year that Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Community Safety MEC at the time, […]

Sonke Gender Justice launches its #UnderTheBlankets campaign:refugees’ and migrants’ access to sexual health in South Africa

In the run up to Valentine’s Day next week, Sonke Gender Justice is launching a new campaign on migrants’ and refugees’ rights to access sexual and reproductive health services in South Africa. Our #UnderTheBlankets campaign encourages anyone – South African or not – to visit a webpage and read about how they can access government sexual and reproductive health services […]

Sonke calls for the Western Cape Democratic Alliance (DA) to expedite Albert Fritz’ disciplinary process

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is outraged by the latest allegations that another powerful man and politician is involved in a sexual harassment scandal. Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Community Safety MEC at the time, resigned after employees leveled serious allegations of sexual assault against him. Sexual assault stems from harmful power dynamics, gender stereotypes, norms, and attitudes that […]

Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage Africa to participate in the 21st Edition of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)

Sonke Gender Justice, in collaboration with MenEngage Africa and Southern Africa AIDS Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), will host 2 (two) high-level side events at the 21st Edition of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA). This crossbreed (in-person and virtual). The high-level side events will take place on December 07 and […]

MenEngage Africa observes 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. This is an opportunity for us all to reaffirm our commitment to ending gender-based violence and hold one another accountable. […]

We mourn the loss of our colleague Khopotso Bodibe

Khopotso Bodibe

It is with much sadness that Sonke communicates the loss of Khopotso Bodibe who passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Khopotso joined Sonke as a Communications Associate in Sonke’s Communications and Strategic Information Unit in 2015. In 2018, he was promoted to RPU – Media & Communications Specialist. Khopotso spent 10 years as a […]