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25 May 2015

I unfold the morning papers with trepidation.    It is the New Age – not my first choice, but it is a freebie making up for the fact that I had to get up before any respectable rooster, and make it to the airport in the pitch dark.  Without a cup of te …

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5 May 2015

DURING the celebration of the 21st anniversary of our democracy last week, President Jacob Zuma acknowledged that the violence in our society points to the need for psychological help. Zuma said: “Apartheid was a violent system and it produced violent …

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1 May 2015

The phrase “spare the rod and spoil the child” is often used as a justification to violate our children. It is, in fact, a form of rationalising by us as parents to justify being violent towards our children, without consequences on our part. We use th …

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10 Apr 2015

When DEMELZA BUSH was a little girl, she knew she wasn’t. But it took her 28 years to figure out just what she could do to align her body with her mind. When I was five years old I hid in our spare bathroom and tried to urinate standing up. That’s how …

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25 May 2015 In Electronic Media

Article in IOL reports on Sonke’s statement to government on #AfricaDay and quotes President Zuma as saying: “Starting from today, every community and institutions must practice the African Union anthem and must be able to sing it at all gatherings and …

23 May 2015 In Electronic Media

Sonke’s statement calling on government to end #OperationFiela and stop targeting of foreign nationals, and to promote African unity published by Polity: http://www.polity.org.za/article/sgj-sonke-calls-on-government-to-embrace-african-unity-on-africa-

23 May 2015 In Electronic Media

Article in Al Jazeera English on how Operation Fiela is hurting South African children quotes Sonke’s Demelza Bush: “Demelza Bush of the national nonprofit Sonke Gender Justice said she saw a 4-month-old-baby whose mother was detained being nursed by a …

22 May 2015 Press Releases

Monday, May 25, is “Africa Day,” and Sonke urges the South African government to take urgent steps to repair relations with other countries in Africa, and to embrace African unity, amidst serious xenophobic violence and government crackdowns targeting …

20 May 2015 Press Releases

Sonke is pleased to announce that we have been granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the UN’s central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.* Consul …

18 May 2015 In Print Media

Beeld references Sonke (and our partners’) call to the South African government to stop stigmatising foreign nationals and to end Operation Fiela.

18 May 2015 In Print Media

Die Burger references Sonke (and our partners’) call to the South African government to stop stigmatising foreign nationals and to end Operation Fiela.

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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Cape Town, Western Cape on February 25, as South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, prepared to address Parliament with his Budget Speech. Sonke and many of our partners (The GBV-NSP Campaign Partners) are calling on President Zuma to immediately commit the money and political will to the development of a comprehensive national strategic plan to address gender-based violence that will strengthen both prevention and response.
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Sonke and TAC apply to become 'friends of the court' in historic class action lawsuit

Sonke and TAC apply to become ‘friends of the court’ in historic class action lawsuit.

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Following the Xenophobic attacks which hit parts of the provinces of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng last month, Sonke’s Refugee Health & Rights (RHR) team hosted a workshop on ‘Violence, Gender, Power and Health’ on May 20th – 22nd. The workshop focused on developing positive messages for a mural to be painted at Central Johannesburg College in Troyeville, Johannesburg, which would promote unity and integration in South Africa.

Community members from the surrounding areas (Bertrams and Yeoville) came together to discuss their issues and to discuss what the overall mural message should be. It was decided that the mural should address issues of gender-based violence (GBV), ending Xenophobia and celebrating our diversity. The participants at the workshop were given the opportunity to discuss these, and other issues, and to share their thoughts on the change they want to see happen in South Africa.

Last week Sonke’s RHR team was out in full force painting the wall alongside community members. With this mural, we hope to promote attitudes that demand justice and an end to violence of any kind.

Sonke invites you to the unveiling of the wall on Tuesday June 9th. Please watch this space for more information on this event, closer to the time.

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Sonke joined the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), Sisonke Sex Worker Movement and the AIDS Legal Network at Western Cape High Court this morning to call for swift justice in the trial of Zwelethu Mthethwa for the alleged murder of sex worker Nokupila Kumalo in Woodstock in 2013. The case has been postponed 6 times in the past two years. ... See MoreSee Less

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And the woman winner of #2015comrades is Caroline #Wostmann who runs an amazing #comradesmarathon, managing to maintain a huge lead for the 2nd half of the race, with the next woman runner about 15 minutes behind her when she won. Caroline's strategy to intersperse her run with short walks worked for her. She was super strong and steady throughout the race, and in fact she ran the last 8km quicker than Gift #Kelehe, the men's winner. Caroline wins her first ever #Comrades at 6:12:22! Well done Caroline! #comrades2015

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