More and more people are travelling abroad or within their own country to join family, find work or simply go on holiday. The 2011 census shows that South Africa is similar to other parts of the world, with foreign nationals making up 3.3% of the South African population (1.7 million people) and millions of South […]
Sex workers from all over the world have fought to use the term ‘sex work’ instead of ‘prostitution’ to show clearly that selling sex is a job and should be treated as one, rather than an abstract political or moral issue. In many ways selling sexual services is similar to other services like offering entertainment, […]
The United Nations says human trafficking is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits […]
The South African Constitution and international agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recognise universal human rights for every human being protected by law. In many countries around […]
Sex workers are often at risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For many people, this means that sex workers are a danger to public health and should be jailed or punished to protect the public. This ignores the fact that everyone is responsible for safer sex – not just sex workers. Many […]
Feminism is a political belief system which believes women face many more problems than men in society today. It seeks to change this by creating equal political, economic, cultural and social rights for women. Feminism is linked to sex work because most sex workers are women and clients are almost all men. There is also […]
Sex work and recreational drugs are often linked because they are both illegal in South Africa. This fact sheet argues that most of the harm caused by sex work and drug use comes about because the people involved are stigmatised, discriminated against and criminalised. We believe that government should focus on harm reduction over law […]
In calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, we are talking about the buying and selling of sexual services between consenting adults. No serious supporter of decriminalisation has proposed that buying sex from a child or employing a child to sell sexual services should be decriminalised, even if that child is willing. This fact sheet […]
Worldwide, many governments and non-governmental organisations aim to help people leave sex work and do other work. This is often called “exiting”, but here we use the term “routes out of sex work”. These two terms often refer to choices that sex workers make to leave the sex industry. In contrast, “diversion” refers to programmes […]
Various arguments have been put forward as to why sex work should not be considered a crime. Public health evidence, feminist arguments and the importance of removing sexual moralism from public policy decision-making emphasise the social and individual benefits of the decriminalisation of sex work. This Fact Sheet sets out how the decriminalisation of sex work […]
Sonke’s flagship programme, One Man Can (OMC) campaign, an existing multi-level intervention that engages men to confront harmful aspects of masculinity and to address gender-based violence and HIV & AIDS, with the goal of achieving gender equality, is being adapted for a research trial and implementation in the fast growing peri-urban settlement of Diepsloot, north […]
There are two possible class action lawsuits being filed by Richard Spoor Attorneys (Spoor), Abrahams Kiewitz Inc (Abrahams), and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) against the 32 gold mining companies collectively comprising the entire South African gold mining industry. The first class is made up of current and former gold mineworkers with silicosis and the […]
A power-point presentation by Professor Jonny Myers, Director of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, titled “Dust measurements, exceedances and the need for proper monitoring on South African gold mines”.
A national study found that more women (57%) were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends (called intimate femicide) than by strangers or criminals. Firearms, which are often said to be brought into the home to protect loved ones, played a major role in these murders, accounting for 17% of the cases seen. Any woman who lives […]
A power-point presentation by Rodney Ehrlich, an occupational health expert from the University of Cape Town, provides some background on the epidemiology of occupational lung diseases, primarily silicosis and tuberculosis, including HIV, in South African gold miners.
Nkala and others v Harmony Gold and others: Amici intervention of Sonke Gender Justice and the Treatment Action Campaign
A presentation by Section 27 (representing Sonke and TAC in the amici curiae application), showing that gold mining corporations need to be accountable for miners contracting silicosis.
A fact sheet to counter the claim that parents will be criminalised.
A fact sheet to counter cultural justifications of corporal punishment.
A fact sheet to counter claims that prohibition in schools has led to indiscipline.
A fact sheet to counter claims that corporal punishment does no harm.
A fact sheet to address religious justifications of corporal punishment.
A fact sheet about the difference between discipline and punishment.
A fact sheet outlining the responsibilities of the State.
This factsheet provides a brief overview of the laws on corporal punishment in South Africa.