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#SafeRide: Highlighting issues of GBV on women and children on public transport

Sonke Gender Justice and #UniteBehind joint action highlighting issues of gender-based violence on women and children on public transport. The action took place at the tail end of transport month on the 31st October 2019 at the Cape Town Station. Activists, public transport commuters and other road users shared their experiences and converged to demand …

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World Refugee Day

Social cohesion at World Refugee Day event

As World Refugee Day 2019 is observed, civil society organisations, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and South Africans came together to celebrate their similarities and diversity. DRC immigrant, Alain Kanane, captured the event after being instructed by Sonke Gender Justice Multimedia Specialist, Gadeeja Abbas and communicators intern, Victoria Smith. Browse through the images and see World …

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Sonke Women Deliver

Reminding the president of his #SexworkPromise

On 5 June 2019, the ‘Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work’, sex workers and allies thanked the President for his commitment to the decriminalisation of sex work and presented a representative with a bouquet of sunflowers in front of the gates of Parliament.

March to Stop Bantustan Bills

March to stop the Bantustan Bills

The Alliance for Rural Democracy held a night vigil on 4 June 2019 with community members from seven provinces in South Africa. These provinces were all gathered in anticipation for the march that would take place the morning of 5 June 2019. The morning of 5 June 2019, Sonke Gender Justice, CAT members and other …

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CAT Protest

Community Action Team protests for greater oversight of South African prisons

On 6 June 2019, Community Action Team (CAT) members protested outside of court to support the call for greater oversight over South African prisons. Sonke Gender Justice and Lawyers for Human Rights filed an application in the Western Cape High Court, citing the government and the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (“JICS”) as respondents. The …

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Roundtable Discussion PPP

Sonke and partners host roundtable discussion on Positive Policing Partnership

Download the report here. On May 22, Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with other civil society partners hosted a roundtable discussion on positive policing. The Positive Policing Partnership (‘the PPP’) focuses on identifying advocacy opportunities to establish and support innovative civil society, policing and government collaborations to catalyse positive change in the operational policing experience …

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Total Shutdown Statue

The Total Shutdown

On 1 August 2018, the women and gender non-conforming people of Sonke marched in solidarity with our sisters around the country demanding that government take concrete action to end gender-based violence in South Africa. Read this article published in the Independent Online, written by the women and gender non-conforming people of Sonke about why we joined …

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Safe Rides Stakeholder Dialogue

Safe Ride: A stakeholder dialogue

Every work day, more than 5,4 million public transport trips are made in South Africa. Close to 68% of these being public transport trips made by taxi, 20% by bus, and 13% by train. While delays, reduction or cancellation of services, state capture, corruption and infrastructural degradation are problems that people grapple with in their …

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Bridging Borders

Social cohesion through hairdressing

Armed with a talent and passion for hair braiding, one woman’s journey across continents has helped to bridge cultural divides in the Western Cape community of Delft. Read the article, published in the Weekend Argus, here.

World Refugee Day 2018

World Refugee Day 2018

On World Refugee Day (20 June 2018), Sonke Gender Justice and the residents of Gugulethu and Salt River gathered together to acknowledge the lived experiences of refugees and encourage the South African government to respect migrant and refugee rights.

2nd MEA Symposium

2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium

The 2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium running from 23-26 April 2018, is underway in Maputo, Mozambique. The symposium brings together a network of gender justice activists, NGOs, government leaders, policy-makers and other actors working with men and boys on the African continent, to share best practice, learn and discuss issues such as the interaction of feminism and …

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Open the RRO

“The Department of Happiness Affairs” – Open Cape Town’s Refugee Reception Office

On Friday 6 April 2018, Sonke Gender Justice, together with various civil society partners, staged a creative activism event – “The Department of Happiness Affairs”, based on the principles of The Theatre of the Oppressed, a form of popular community-based education that uses theatre as a tool for social change. Refugees and asylum seekers – …

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5 Days

“We must have zero tolerance for all forms of violence”

“To end violence, we urgently need to employ the multiple strategies of evidence, action and accountability”, said Bafana Khumalo, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Co-Founder of Sonke Gender Justice, at the opening of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference in Johannesburg, which started today, Monday, 2nd October 2017. The Five Days of Violence Prevention …

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