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Submission Domestic Violence Amendment Bill

Submissions on the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, 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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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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Women Girls Experiences GBV Public Transport

Women and Girls’ Experiences of Gender-Based Violence on Public Transport in Gauteng & the Western Cape Province

Transport systems have tended to function in ways that prioritise men’s needs over those of women, which has led to public transport being described as ‘an institution through which hegemonic masculinity is maintained’, where women are at greater risk of violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Violence in public places, particularly on public transport systems, …

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Combatting GBV Safer Public Transport

Combatting Gender-Based Violence Through Safer Public Transport

The aim of this brief is to inform policy and decision makers of key areas of intervention to address safety in public transport, and prioritise measures to mitigate and eradicate gender-based violence, sexual harassment and crimes perpetrated against women and children commuters, particularly of mini-bus taxi’s, buses and commuter trains. This policy brief is in …

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Rights Action Accountability

Rights, Action & Accountability

This report outlines the results of research conducted from January 2019 to March 2019 on Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The research was conducted on Projects implemented in Freetown and Bo District in Sierra Leon and Matetsi, Zimbabwe. This Country Case Study was conducted as part of an assessment of the effectiveness of Sonke Gender Justices …

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Reporting Migration South Africa

Reporting on Migration in South Africa

The media has an important role to play in changing perceptions and reshaping the conversations around migration. Sensationalist or over-simplified stories on migration or xenophobia can perpetuate or even encourage violence. It is therefore important to write about cross-border migration in a way that is responsible and educational. This guide was written with the understanding …

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Challenge Of Unlearning

The challenge of unlearning

This study contributes to a better understanding of masculinities and gender norms in Liberia and how these could be addressed to promote more positive forms of masculinities. It furthermore assesses how gender norms impact sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The study has been commissioned by the Swedish Embassy, with input from and the support of …

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Case Study Lebanon

Working with religious communities to end gender-based violence

Around the world, we see an increase in conservatism, leading societies away from human rights, towards more dogmatic beliefs. Women are disproportionately affected by this shift, with limitations to their rights, the reinforcement of the male hierarchy and the marginalisation of sexual and gender diversity. At the same time, the influence of religious leaders in …

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Submission DCS JCS Annual Performance Plan

Submission to the Department of Correctional Services and the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Correctional Services

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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Together Addressing Gender Dimensions Migration Health

Together: Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Migration and Health

This case study provides a detailed account of the pathway to achieving two key outcomes in the “Together: Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Migration and Health” project implemented by Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with their civil society partners. The overall aim of the project was to assess and address the gendered vulnerabilities associated with …

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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.

Migration Health Southern Africa

Migration and health in Southern Africa

This report captures a two-day programme of presentations, panel discussions and group discussions at the regional symposium on gender, migration, health and public policy. The aim of day one was to discuss a number of migration-related topics including: health and universal health care (UHC) in Southern Africa, researching migration and health, associated ethical and methodological …

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Gender Migration Health SADC 1

Gender, Migration and Health in SADC: A Focus on Women and Girls – Policy Brief 1

This policy brief sets out the key findings of a study exploring gender, migration and health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with a focus on women and girls. As a region associated with high levels of population mobility, a high communicable and non-communicable disease burden, poor maternal and child health outcomes, pervasive gender …

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Gender Migration Health SADC 2

Gender, Migration and Health in SADC: A Focus on Women and Girls – Policy Brief 2

This policy brief sets out the key findings from the study exploring gender, migration and health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with a focus on women and girls. The key recommendations are based on a set of guiding principles for key actors responsible for developing and implementing responses to migration, health and gender.

Gender Migration Health SADC

Gender, Migration, and Health in SADC

This report explores policy responses to migration, health and gender – with a focus on women and girls – in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As a region associated with high levels of population mobility, a high communicable and non-communicable disease burden, poor maternal and child health outcomes, pervasive gender inequity, and struggling public …

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