Together We Must End Violence Against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) and HIV/AIDS represent two of the greatest dangers to the health, well-being and productivity of women worldwide. Threats and violence limit women’s ability to negotiate safer sex and to control the terms of their sexual encounters. Women and girls are two to four times more likely to contract HIV […]

Zambia National Women’s Lobby

Gender-based violence is one of the critical issues affecting women and children throughout Zambia. As a response to the gender-based violence, the Men’s Network Project organised a Men’s Campfire Conference to sensitise the community on gender violence. The Men‘s Campfire Conference was held from 29 to 30th August, 2009 in Kasenga Resettlement area, 40km north […]

Integrating Multiple Gender Strategies to Improve HIV and AIDS Interventions

Integrating Multiple Gender Strategies To Improve HIV and Aids Interventions

The public health and international development communities have known for nearly two decades that gender – the way in which societies define acceptable roles, responsibilities, and behaviors of women and men – strongly influences how HIV spreads and how people respond to the epidemic. Because of the interrelated factors that contribute to HIV infection, there is growing recognition that […]

Making Progress against AIDS?

Making Progress against AIDS?

The National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS and STIs 2007-2011 (the NSP) was adopted in May 2007. This report aims to collate the available evidence to assess the extent to which South Africa is meeting the targets of the NSP, in particular the targets set for 2008. It shows that while there have been some areas […]

A Summary of the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Amendment Act

A Summary of the Criminal Law

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Amendment Act has been in effect since 16 December 2007 and affects the punishment of sexual crimes committed after this date. The Act replaces some common law provisions on sexual offences and some sections of the old law, the Sexual Offences Act 23 of 1957. The Act also creates new […]

Testing the Effectiveness of the Men as Partners Program (MAP) in Soweto, South Africa

Testing the Effectiveness of the Men as Partners Program (MAP) in Soweto, South Africa

This project was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the Men as Partners (MAP) program in South Africa in terms of: changing men’s gender attitudes, norms and behaviors; changing aspects of gender dynamics in relationships; reducing the prevalence of unwanted pregnancy risk behaviors at individual and community levels; and increasing male involvement in GBV and […]

Final Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Corruption, Maladministration and Violence in the Department of Correctional Services

In August 2001, the State President appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on corruption, maladministration, violence, and intimidation in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). The full report of the Commission is a lengthy document, some 1 800 pages long, and it must be assumed that only the most dedicated researchers and […]

2007 Clinical Guidelines on Antiretroviral Therapy Management for Displaced Populations

This policy is intended to offer guidance to clinicians, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments on the provision of ART among displaced populations, including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and long term ART. They are not meant to replace national guidelines but to provide additional guidance to health workers to deal […]

Women, Men and Gun Violence

Women Men and Gun Violence

A growing global effort to collect information on gun violence that is broken down into age, ethnicity, and sex is helping challenge some over-generalisations that hinder more refined understanding of the impacts of small arms misuse. These include statements like ‘80% of the victims of armed violence are women and children’. This claim may be […]

Joint AIDS Law Project & Treatment Action Campaign Submission

Joint AIDS Law Project & Treatment Action Campaign Submission

ALP and TAC argue that the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons (“the Judicial Inspectorate”) should be further strengthened, with the powers of the Inspecting Judge expanded to enable him or her to discharge his or her public interest mandate appropriately. For example, instead of simply submitting a report, the Inspecting Judge should expressly be empowered to […]

Politicising Masculinities

This report draws on conversations and inspirations from the Politicising Masculinities symposium which took place 15-18 October 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. The symposium was borne out of a realisation that much of the most innovative work on men and masculinities has worked at the level of the personal, such as seeking to transform men’s sexual […]

HIV and AIDS and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa, 2007-2011


HIV and AIDS is one of the main challenges facing South Africa today. It is estimated that of the 39.5 million people living with HIV worldwide in 2006, and that more than 63% are from sub-Saharan Africa. About 5.54 million people are estimated to be living with HIV in South Africa in 2005, with 18.8% […]

365 Day National Action Plan to End Gender Violence

365 Days of National Plan to End Gender Violence

This National Action Plan is a multi-sector framework and approach for ending gender violence over the period 2007-2009. The plan is in recognition that no single sector, government ministry, or civil society organisation is by itself responsible or has the singular ability to address this challenge. It is envisaged that all the South African government […]

South Africa Country Report

At the 48th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2004, the South Africa government and the governments of other participating countries made formal commitments to implementing a range of recommendations aimed at “involving men and boys in achieving gender equality”. These commitments made at the UN CSW are consistent with […]

Hutu and Tutsi Men Working Side By Side in Hillbrow to Challenge the Gender Stereotypes Driving the Spread of HIV and AIDS

In Johannesburg’s notoriously rough inner city community of Hillbrow refugee men have come together despite ethnic differences that have elsewhere led to genocide to provide each other with support and to challenge the gender stereotypes that threaten men and women’s wellbeing. This report encapsulates this dialogue and highlights stories and shared experiences faced by men, […]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa

Since the abolition of Apartheid in 1994, the non-racial Government of the Republic of South Africa has been improving its laws and policies to meet the challenges brought about by the new dispensation of respect for human rights, human dignity, non-racialism, non-sexism and an open and democratic society. The Government has adopted a number of […]

African (Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (also known as the Banjul Charter) is an international human rights instrument that is intended to promote and protect human rights and basic freedoms in the African continent. Oversight and interpretation of the Charter is the task of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which […]