Sonke Gender Justice mourns the loss of veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala

Today Sonke Gender Justice pays its respects to seasoned broadcaster Xolani Gwala. We are profoundly saddened by the news of his passing after a two year long battle with cancer. His family confirmed the news to his 702 colleagues and listeners this morning. Born in 1975 at Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal, ‘XG’ or Bra X as he […]

Convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow showed no remorse for his actions and sought to evade accountability on the basis of his abuse of drugs and alcohol

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) welcomes the judgment of the Pretoria High Court handed down on 17 October, which sentenced convicted child rapist, Nicholas Ninow, to life imprisonment. Ninow was also sentenced to 5 years for drug possession and defeating the ends of justice, which will run concurrently with the life sentence. Crime Statistics for the […]

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 […]

Landmark moment for child rights in South Africa

Joint press release by respondents and amici curiae in the case of Freedom of Religion South Africa v Minister of Justice & Constitutional Development & others [Children’s Institute (UCT); Quaker Peace Centre; Sonke Gender Justice; Centre for Child Law; The Parent Centre; Global Initiative to End All Forms of Corporal Punishment of Children; Dullah Omar […]

Sonke Gender Justice and Lawyers for Human Rights victorious in litigation seeking to improve the independence of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services

Today, on 5 September 2019, the Western Cape High Court handed down judgment in Sonke Gender Justice / President RSA and others. Judge Boqwana declared unconstitutional the provisions in the Correctional Services Act (111 of 1998) which require that the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) is i) dependent on the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) […]

Sonke Gender Justice is calling on the South African government to implement a fully-funded national strategic plan to combat gender-based violence

Sonke Gender Justice is calling on the South African government to urgently implement a fully funded multi-sectoral National Strategic Plan to combat gender-based violence (GBV). South Africa’s femicide rates are disturbingly high. According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), 12.1 in every 100 000 women are victims of femicide in South Africa each year – […]

Eastern Cape water crisis needs urgent government response

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is deeply concerned by the ongoing water crisis in the Eastern Cape, which directly affects communities which Sonke works with in the Amathole District Municipality. This crisis infringes the fundamental rights of these community members, including the right of access to sufficient water; the right to clean and decent sanitation; the […]

Sonke launches @catcalls campaign against GBV

In collaboration with an international social media advocacy campaign, Sonke Gender Justice has launched a one-month-long initiative during Women’s Month documenting the lived experiences of womxn, girls and members of the LGBTQI+ community in South Africa. The concept was inspired by the Instagram initiative @catcallsofnyc created by Sophie Sandberg which has garnered a following of […]

Sonke calls for action against Basic Education Spokesperson for irresponsible tweets sexualising women’s bodies as part of a campaign to promote reading

Sonke Gender Justice is concerned that civil servant, Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson for the national Department of Basic Education (DBE), sees it fit to take to twitter and use images of semi-naked women, posing as if they were reading – with captions such as reading is “therapeutic”, “relaxes the mind, body and soul” and “feels good” […]

Sonke welcomes Landmark ruling by Botswana High Court abolishing homophobic laws and condemns treatment of George Barasa by South Africa’s Home Affairs

Sonke Gender Justice welcomes yesterday’s ruling by Botswana’s High Court which abolished colonial-era laws that criminalised homosexuality. Under the Botswana penal code, a person could face up to seven years imprisonment for same-sex relations. The ruling is a significant victory for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) rights on the continent, where as many […]

Civil rights organisations call for release of Farirai Gumbonzvanda and her co-accused

Sonke Menengage

MenEngage Africa and MenEngage Global Alliance are regional and global alliances connecting over 44 country networks and 6 regional networks across the world advocating for gender justice and the promotion of human rights, and together with Sonke Gender Justice, we call for the immediate release and dropping of all charges against Farirai Gumbonzvanda, a 25 […]

Sonke Gender Justice stands with Caster Semenya following Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which contravenes her right to physical and bodily integrity

The recent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling which will force athlete Caster Semenya to take medication to significantly reduce her testosterone levels in order to run internationally in events between 400m and one mile, will have far-reaching implications – not just for Caster but for other transgender and intersex people in sport. The […]

Sonke joins SANEF and other CSOs in condemning recent attacks on journalist Karima Brown

Sonke Gender Justice joins the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) and other civil society organisations in condemning the recent threats made against talk show host, journalist and producer Karima Brown by supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). On Wednesday 6 March 2019, Brown inadvertently sent a message intended for her producers to an […]

Sonke Gender Justice calls for survivor-centred support in Babes Wodumo assault case

Sonke Gender Justice expresses concern at responses to a video shared on social media on Monday 4 March 2019, showing what appears to be the singer Bongekile ‘Babes Wodumo’ Simelane being assaulted by her partner, Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo. This is not the first time allegations of abuse have arisen against Mampintsha, who currently has a […]