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Equity Based Approach Covid

An equity-based approach to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

As many countries around the world take measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19, the direct relationship between the pandemic and rising levels of gender inequality and gender-based violence cannot be overlooked. Every sector of society – government, business, civil society organisations, the faith and traditional leaders’ communities as well as individuals have a role …

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Family Joining SA

Family Joining in South Africa

Family unification – known as family joining – is the granting of asylum or refugee status to dependent family members of recognised asylum-seekers or refugees in South Africa (which is set out at Section 3(c) of the Refugees Act). In other words, asylum and refugee families can be documented together in one file. Family joining …

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Accessing Education Non-SA Children

Accessing Education: Non-South African Children

The right to basic education is a fundamental human right. This right applies also to refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented or stateless individuals. In practice, such individuals may face barriers to access their education.

Refugees Act Explainer

The Refugees Act (1998)

Know your rights according to the refugee law in South Africa. The Refugees Act was signed into law in 1998. You can read the Act here.

Refugee Amendment Act Explainer

The Refugee Amendment Act

The Refugee Amendment Act was signed into law on 14 December 2017, but it can only be properly implemented once the Draft Regulations are finalized. There is currently no time-frame for this.

Birth Registration Explainer

Birth Registration in South Africa

Birth registration in South Africa is a legal right. Accessing it in reality can be difficult, especially for children born to non-South African parents.

Healthcare Explainer

Migrants & Refugees: Health Access

The rights of non-nationals to access the South African healthcare system is a complex matter. Laws and policies clash. Medical staff are left confused, and the implementation of laws and policies differs. Meanwhile, the South African healthcare system struggles to provide sufficient medical care to any person, regardless of their nationality or status.

Pastoral Care And LGBT Community

Pastoral Care and the LGBT Community

This pamphlet is designed to help faith leaders to provide pastoral care to the LGBT Community by raising awareness on stressful and difficult issues that the LGBT community within their families and faith communities.

The Bible And LGBT

The Bible and the LGBT Community

This pamphlet interrogates several scriptures that are often used in either promoting or disapproving of homosexuality. It also reflects on what the church can do to create conversations on areas around LGBT.

The Church And LGBT Community

Faith Communities and the LGBT Community

This pamphlet reflects on the role that the church can play in ensuring safe spaces for the LGBT community, their families and friends as well as answering questions that often surround homosexuality seen as a sin.

I Wish I Had Known

I wish I had known

In 2018, Zonk’izizwe Odds Development (ZOD) and Beyond the Bars, with the support of Sonke Gender Justice, developed a reentry guide targeting pre- and post-release parolees, to provide support for adjustment to life immediately after prison. The guide essentially provides the following: a description of parole and when one may qualify for it (with an …

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I Wish I Had Known Zulu

I wish I had known – Zulu

Le ncwadi yasungulwa ngabantu abakupharoli kanye neziboshwa zangaphambilini ukusiza abantu abakupharoli ngaphambi nangemuva kokudedelwa ukuthi bazi kabanzi ngokuthi iyini ipharoli nokuthi isebenza kanjani, kanye nokubanikeza usizo lokubalungiselela impilo ngokushesha ngemuva kokuba kade besejele. Khumbula ukuthi le ncwadi yimfishane kakhulu futhi izokunika izinto ezibalulekile kuphela. Ukuze uthole ulwazi oluthe xaxa, kufanele uxhumane nezinhlangano ezibalwe ngaphansi kwe’Zidingongqangi’.

Voices Change Legacy Paper

‘Our strength is not for hurting’

Sonke is excited to share the report produced by Voices for Change documenting their experience of engaging men for gender equality in Nigeria, focusing particularly on the strategical and pedagogical elements adopted and related lessons learned. Voices for Change targeted change at the individual level, or the ‘self’ domain, and provided training and resources for …

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Promising Practices Leaflet

Increasing male involvement in the HIV response – Leaflet

Men are dying at disproportionately higher rates than their female counterparts because fewer men are coming forward for HIV testing, treatment and care, are much more likely to present late to such care, and have worse adherence even when they do.

Its No Secret

It’s no secret

The Namibian Minster of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, the Hon. Doreen Sioka, declared in a public forum, that 150 women had been murdered in instances of IPV during 2013 and 2015. Poverty and inequality are key drivers of gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia. Deeply-entrenched, harmful gender norms, along with high levels of alcohol consumption …

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