Publication Type: Reports

Stakeholder Dialogue RRO Litigation Advocacy Strategies

Stakeholder Dialogue: Refugee Reception Office Litigation and Advocacy Strategies

In April 2019, activists and civil society organisations held a stakeholder dialogue in Cape Town to discuss problems facing refugees in South Africa. The last eight years have seen the Department of Home Affairs shutting down Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, leaving refugees with fewer options, and needing …

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Gendered Analysis Political Party Manifestos

A Gender and Migration Analysis of 2019 Election Manifestos

Sonke Gender Justice has compiled a short analysis of the manifestos of nine political parties contesting the 2019 National Elections. The analysis addresses traditional gender issues such as female representation, gender equality, and issues relating to LGBTIQA and sexual and reproductive health – while sex work, as well as migration, were included to broaden the …

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Best Practices Research Report

Best Practices Research Report

Consistent and effective prison oversight is a crucial means to ensure the protection and promotion of prisoners’ human rights. Not only does regular monitoring, inspecting and reporting serve to prevent human rights abuses of prisoners, it also ensures transparency and increases the accountability of the government department responsible for overseeing the prisons system. Prison oversight …

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Public Transport Safety Symposium

Public Transport and Safety Symposium

Marike Keller, Policy Development and Advocacy Specialist at Sonke Gender Justice, welcomed the participants and provided an overview of the necessity for a symposium bringing stakeholders from the transport and human rights sectors together. Public transport is an essential part of everyday life for many South Africans. According to a 2013 National Household Travel Survey, …

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MenEngage On The Spot

MenEngage on the spot

What does MenEngage Alliance need to do better? What does MenEngage Alliance have to do that it has not done yet? What does MenEngage Alliance need to stop doing? Those were some of the questions we put to women’s rights organizations from around the world as part of our Accountability Dialogue session in New York …

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State of South Africa's Fathers 2018

State of South Africa’s Fathers 2018

There is no typical father in South Africa. There are many types of fathers and many types of fatherhood in the country. There are biological fathers, social fathers, gay fathers, straight fathers, young fathers, older fathers. We have self-identified fatherhood, ascribed fatherhood, long-distance fatherhood and proximal fatherhood, to name only a few. The texture is …

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Bail Sentencing Symposium Report

Criminal Justice Symposium Report

On 22 June 2018, Sonke Gender Justice hosted a criminal justice symposium, with a focus on bail and sentencing. The purpose for the symposium stemmed from the recognition that the current model and understanding of both bail and sentencing have had considerably negative effects on remand detainees and incarcerated persons. These include: overcrowding, disease, lack …

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PPP Flyer

The Positive Policing Partnership

Marginalised and stigmatised groups in society such as migrants, sex workers, homeless people and drug users are at particular risk of human rights violations during policing and security operations because of skewed power relations. Sex worker rights and health organisations receive a high volume of complaints from sex workers regarding their experiences of human rights …

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SWEAT Policing Sex Work SA

The Policing Of Sex Work In South Africa

Within a context where gender-based violence (GBV) is endemic, sex workers in South Africa experience particular vulnerabilities to systematic violence, abuse, extortion, rape, and even torture. The criminalisation of sex work in South Africa enables an environment where sex workers are subject to numerous human rights violations, including discrimination, harassment, and abuse at the hands …

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SWEAT Policing Sex Work SA Research Brief

Research Brief: The Policing Of Sex Work In South Africa

Marginalised and stigmatised groups in society such as migrants, sex workers, homeless people and drug-users are at particular risk of human rights violations during policing and security operations. Sonke Gender Justice and SWEAT (Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce) commissioned research into police practices following high volumes of sex worker complaints.

Sonke Timeline

Rights, Action and Accountability

Founded in 2006 in South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice has been advancing gender justice for more than ten years. This timeline, charts the highlights of our work over the last decade.

Sonke Training Report Dr

A Report on Training Programmes Provided by Sonke Gender Justice and Partners

This evaluation focuses on three core training and education courses provided by Sonke Gender Justice (hereafter Sonke) together with its partners: Women’s Health and Empowerment – MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) The University of Pretoria / Sonke Advanced Human Rights Course (UP) University of California Los Angeles School of Law and Sonke Fellowship Programme (UCLA) …

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Addressing Gender Mobility HIV/AIDS

Addressing Gender, Mobility and HIV/AIDS

This report describes Sonke Gender Justice Project’s (“Sonke”) recommendations for addressing the nexus of gender, mobility and HIV/AIDS issues within the second phase of the Partnership on HIV and Mobility in Southern Africa (“PHAMSA II”).

CHANGE Evidence Brief

CHANGE Evidence Brief

Violence against women is a leading cause of illness and death and occurs in the lives of one third of women globally. Prevalence of violence against women in South Africa is alarmingly high, with 32% of men reporting violence towards partners, and 28% having ever raped. We know that certain beliefs about manhood contribute to …

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Policy Support Score Card Report

Policy Support for Engaging Men in Positive Parenting in Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Positive parenting can change circumstances dramatically for children, especially when mothers and fathers are fully engaged. In this report we define positive parenting as a non violent and proactive approach to parenting that promotes gender equality between parents. However, positive parenting programmes and policies in Eastern and Southern Africa are mostly undeveloped or inadequate. Although …

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Talking Man To Man

Talking Man-to-Man

Brothers for Life (B4L) is a multi-faceted campaign targeting men over the age of 30 years and younger men to impact on speci c areas of knowledge and practices in HIV prevention. With the largest community mobilisation component of any initiative yet undertaken by the USAID/JHU HIV Communication Programme in South Africa, Brothers for Life …

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