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Sonke Covid Report

Emerging effects of COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence in Africa

The emergence of Covid-19 has significantly contributed to the increase in gender-based violence in many societies. This study investigates the trends of this violence in Cameroon, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.  The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) affected individuals and communities in a variety of ways. Within a couple of months, …

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Mea Peace Security Policy Terms

Peace and Security Terms of Reference

Sonke is looking for a consultant to conduct desk-top policy research and analysis on Peace and Security related policies across 15 countries in Africa. Please find the terms of reference herein.

Impact Global Gag Rule Covid Srhr Services Africa

A Policy Brief on the Impact of the Global Gag Rule and COVID-19 on SRHR Services in Africa

Introduction Sonke Gender Justice, with the support from CHANGE, commissioned a policy brief to explore the impact the Global Gag Rule, and COVID-19 on SRHR services in Africa. Owing to the compounded effects of the Global Gag Rule (GGR) and the COVID-19 pandemic, strained and fragile health systems in Sub- of Saharan African countries are …

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MenEngage Africa Toolkit Engaging Men Boys Advocate Elimination FGM

A MenEngage Africa Toolkit for Engaging Men and Boys to Advocate for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation

The overall goal of the FGM toolkit is to inform MenEngage Africa partners and other similar minded stakeholders on how to engage men and boys to advocate for an end to FGM. It is intended to create awareness on how to engage with men and boys in their diversities as they implement campaigns on ending …

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Submissions Criminal Law Sexual Offences Related Matters Act Amendment Bill

Submissions with respect to the Criminal Law Sexual Offences & Related Matters Act Amendment Bill [B 16-2020]

The South African Constitution has been regarded as one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The esteemed Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her tenure as a US Supreme Court Justice is on record for having said, “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had …

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Engaging South African Fathers Programme Interventions Policies

Engaging South African fathers with programme interventions and policies

Families, parents and caregivers play a vital role in child well-being and development. The family, for example, plays the primary socialisation role in establishing a child’s identity. It is the family that also provides children with love, care, provision and protection. Having said this, while families can be the greatest source of support for children; …

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Breaking The Cycle

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Violence

Exposure to violence in childhood can have severe physical, emotional, and mental health consequences and is intimately linked with the likelihood of perpetrating or experiencing intimate partner violence in adulthood. This process whereby violence in childhood is linked to violence in adulthood can be disrupted if children and adolescents are provided with quality, targeted interventions …

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MenEngage Africa SRHR Strategy

MenEngage Africa Strategy to Strengthen Youth Advocacy for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This Youth SRHR Strategy is aligned with the MenEngage Africa Strategic Plan 2019-2023. It has also been developed in line with the Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030 for the Operationalisation of the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Southern African Development Community’s Strategy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and …

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MenCare Media Kit

MenCare in Africa Media Kit

This Media Kit seeks to promote men as caregivers and fathers, through media campaigns, educational programmes and advocacy initiatives. Different campaigns tell the stories of men who challenge stereotypes to become more involved care-givers for their children. Other initiatives engage policy makers to legislate paid leave for new parents. Media is a powerful tool to …

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Case Monitoring Guide Community Activists

Case Monitoring Guide for Community Activists

This guide is in response to a growing worry around the failure of the South African criminal justice system. Complaints include the police’s lack of urgency or respect when charging people, the overlong delays in court cases and the victim’s input throughout the legal process.

Submissions Call Public Comment Gauteng Com Oversightbill

Submissions with respect to the call for public comment on the Gauteng Com Oversightbill

This submission analyses the Community Safety Bill considering the White Paper on Safety and Security (White Paper) endorsed by Cabinet in April 2016. The White Paper provides a strategic policy level and integrated approach for community safety, crime prevention and addressing violence in accordance with the National Development Plan’s objective of “Building Safer Communities”. The …

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Submissions Prescription Civil Criminal Matters Sexual Offences Amendment Bill

Submissions with respect to the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill [B 22b-2019]

The Constitutional Court’s decision in Levenstein and Others v Estate of the Late Sidney Lewis Frankel and Others 2018 ZACC 16 placed an onus on Parliament to enact remedial legislation within 24 months that would bring into effect its ruling on the unconstitutionality of Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act of 1977. Section …

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Sonke Mosaic FHR UN Rapporteur Submission

Joint Submission on COVID-19 and the Increase of Domestic Violence Against Women

Sonke Gender Justice, The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and Mosaic Training Service and Healing Centre would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, for the opportunity to submit inputs on the increase of gender-based violence against women and domestic violence in the context of …

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Submissions Draft National Youth Policy 2020-2030

Submissions on the Draft National Youth Policy 2020-2030

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, established in 2006. Today, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. Sonke works to create the change necessary for men, womxn, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development …

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Towards Harm Reduction Programmes Sex Worker Clients SA

Towards harm reduction programmes with sex worker clients in South Africa

This report explores possible harm reduction approaches to a sex worker client intervention in the South African context. It considers the current evidence base on client interventions globally and sets out key recommendations for an effective client intervention programme. Drawing on this framework and recommendations, the report concludes with an example of a curriculum which …

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DJF Criminal Matters Bill Submission

Submission to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services regarding the Criminal Matters Amendment Draft Bill, 2020

The Detention Justice Forum (‘DJF’) is a civil society coalition of non-governmental organisations and individuals working to ensure that the rights and well-being of those who are detained are respected and upheld, as enshrined under the South African Constitution, laws, and regional and international human rights norms and standards. Our membership includes community organisations, lawyers, …

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Workers Day 2020 Desiderata Gender Parity

Desiderata for gender parity

This paper looks at 26 selected companies in Nigeria and explores factors responsible for women’s under-representation at leadership level of these organisations. It also recommends appropriate action to remedy the lack of women leadership.

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