Sonke Newsletter – September 2018
REFUGEE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
The warmth of her smile welcomes her clients. With an animated greeting in isiXhosa, she ushers them into her tiny salon. Her elaborate African attire from her home country of Burundi, stands in contrast to the doekies of the women she calls her sisters. Meet Jeannette Uwiragiye, a woman with a passion for hair who is forging lasting relationships among the women of Delft.
“Just because a father is not living with his children does not necessarily mean that he is an uninvolved father or not involved in childcare,” write Sonke’s Wessel van den Berg and Tawanda Makusha of the Human Sciences Research Council, in this Independent Online article on the newly released State of South Africa’s Fathers Report.
SEX WORKERS’ RIGHTS
Don’t beat me around the bush
This powerful documentary, produced in collaboration with the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce and current affairs show Special Assignment, explores how police treatment of sex workers affects public health in South Africa.
REPORTING ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
A recent troubling online video produced by the BBC plays on our worst fears about rape and fails to address the real issues at hand, write Sonke’s Mzwakhe Khumalo and Abigail Hatcher, Senior Researcher at University of the Witwatersrand.
Women’s Month might be over, but the determination to stop gender-based violence in South Africa, displayed when women and gender non-conforming people of Sonke marched in solidarity with our sisters around the country, is far from it.
Writing in City Press Online, Sonke’s Director of Programmes Angelica Pino, reminds us how access to sexual and reproductive health services is critical for the health and development of women and young girls.
What we’re reading
MAIL & GUARDIAN
“Queer asylum seekers from all over Africa hope to find refuge in South Africa, a country whose Constitution famously forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But they don’t always receive the welcome they are expecting.”
“The problem of focusing on migrants’ rights and victimization is that it does little to hold the political and criminal elements leading – and benefiting – from the violence against migrants responsible.”
“If we want to improve safety of women, we must begin with the protection and safety of all children from harm as a matter of priority.”