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Men’s involvement & tough action by African leaders needed to stop FGM

Saturday marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) under the theme “No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation”.  FGM is a procedure that partially or totally removes a female’s external genitalia for non-medical reasons, causing irreparable and irreversible harm, as well as life-long …

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Sonke applauds President Joe Biden’s decision to repeal the Global Gag Rule

Sonke Gender Justice welcomes reports stating that the President of the United States, Joe Biden has repealed the “Global Gag Rule” (GGR), officially known as the Mexico City Policy.  The Global Gag Rule, reintroduced by Donald Trump in 2017 prohibited U.S. global health assistance from being provided to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform abortion in …

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Sonke Gender Justice mourns the loss of Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu

Today Sonke Gender Justice pays its respects to a dedicated leader, Minister Jackson Mthembu. Sonke Gender Justice and the sector at large is profoundly saddened by the news of the passing on of a dedicated ally to gender transformation from Covid-19-related complications at 62.  Born in Ackerville, Witbank, on June 5, 1958 Minister Mthembu will …

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Sonke Gender Justice calls for accountability of parents in the case of Nthatisi Bembe

Last week, disturbing media reports surfaced about the tragic death of Nthatisi Bembe (12), allegedly at the hands of her parents. This tragic incident is another sad reminder of the precarious position that children find themselves in. This gruesome incident demonstrates the well-known fact that incidents of physical punishment often lead to either severe harm …

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Sign the petition: Namibia to recommit to Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) to tackle SGBV

We are appalled and alarmed to hear that Namibia intends to not renew its signature to the East and Southern Africa Ministerial Commitment on Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE), which would reverse previous successes made in preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SBGV) and would have devastating effects for a whole generation of young Namibians. Most …

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MenEngage Liberia hold symposium to involve men and boys in the elimination of sexual based violence

MenEngage Liberia has concluded a youth symposium aimed at galvanizing the participation of men and boys in the elimination of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Liberia and the role of Liberian youth in the maintenance of peace during the Midterm Senatorial Elections. The day-long youth symposium held in Kakata, Margibi County on Wednesdayunder the …

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Sonke welcomes the ANC’s decision to suspend former MEC and current ANC Provincial Executive Committee member accused of raping his daughters

On Monday, September 28, 2020 disturbing reports surfaced regarding minors who were raped, allegedly by their own father who currently serves as ANC Mpumalanga PEC member. The accused appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 28, 2020 and the matter was postponed to 1 October for a formal bail application. Sonke notes with …

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KEMEA welcomes advisory by Kenya Chief Justice to dissolve Parliament over non-implementation of two-thirds gender rule

Kenya MenEngage Alliance (KEMEA) supports the Chief Justice of Kenya, David Kenayi Maraga, in his advisory to the country’s president Uhuru Kenyatta, to dissolve Parliament for failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule principle which is enshrined in the Constitution. Article 27(8) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides that the State takes steps to …

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Sonke welcomes the judgment by the Grahamstown High court that has granted Yolanda Dyantyi leave to appeal in her case against Rhodes University.

Ms Dyantyi was expelled from university for life by Rhodes University for her role in a protest against gender-based violence and rape on campus. Her transcripts were marked ‘’Unsatisfactory Conduct: Student found guilty of assault, kidnapping, insubordination and defamation’’. Ms Dyantyi was in her final year and would have been the first person in her …

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Liberia: Advocacy group condemns rise in rape, calls for concerted effort in combating it

A pro-male advocacy group, MenEngage Liberia has strongly condemned the increasing wave of sexual violence, especially rape perpetrated against women and children in Liberia. The group, through a statement issued at its office Paynesville recently said, the unprecedented rise in the number of rape cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic is deeply troubling and called for …

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Call for action: SADC leaders and South African government to condemn human rights abuses in Zimbabwe

The SADC community and civil society has with dismay and concern observed obscene police and military brutality and impunity meted against citizens, activists and journalists in Zimbabwe in the last weeks. The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), Sonke Gender Justice, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and SECTION 27, joins other civil …

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To be taken into account – youth need to consider themselves as true potential game changers

It’s International Youth Day on the 12th of August. Madagascar-based NGO Youth First, a member of MenEngage Africa Youth, reflects on the state of youth in 2020 as the world observes this annual commemoration in the two questions we posed below. QUESTION: The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Engagement for Global …

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International Youth Day 2020

“Youth Engagement for Global Action” Background The International Youth Day (IYD), celebrated on 12th August each year, was established by the United Nations in 2000 as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. Each year the Secretary-General of the United Nations decides upon a theme for the Day on …

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Sonke condemns in the strongest possible terms the threats made by African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP), Boy Mamabolo against a Sunday World journalist

Last week, African Nation Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP), Boy Mamabolo threatened to shoot Sunday World reporter, Ngwako Malatji after the journalist investigated an incident involving the MP. Sonke is disgusted by the threats made Mr. Mamabolo and the precedence they set. Especially with the recent crime statistics indicating that there was an increase …

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Judgement in Josina Machel domestic violence matter retrogressive and sets bad precedent

MenEngage Africa (MEA) and Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) are disappointed and concerned with Mozambique’s Higher Appeals Court’s decision to overturn the conviction of Rufino Licuco in an appeal case against the Maputo City Court ruling which found him guilty of domestic violence against Josina Machel. In 2017, businessman Rufino Licuco was found guilty of beating …

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Sonke Gender Justice applauds Lithapho star Lorraine Moropa for speaking out against on set sexual harassment

Last week, Lorraine Moropa took to social media and opened up about being sexually harassed by “a male senior actor” on the set of the SABC 2 telenovela, Lithapho. Sonke is concerned by the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the media industry not only in South Africa but the world over. The prevalence remains largely …

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Gender equality: ‘MenEngage Togo’ opts for more dynamism to achieve its objectives

‘MenEngage Togo’ (MET) wants to improve its functioning and improve the level of communication between its member structures. A general assembly organized on July 2 and 3 by this network, which works with men and boys for gender equality, enabled its actors to commit themselves in this direction. The meeting, which was held in Kpalimé …

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General meeting of the MenEngage Togo network: review of activities carried out and prospects

The various activities of the MenEngage Togo network (MET), carried out during the year (June 2019-June 2020), were reviewed and those of the next year planned during a general assembly on July 2 and 3 in Kpalimé. Participants also reported on the implementation of ongoing projects. This general assembly is organized in collaboration with the …

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