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Africa Day 2015 VOX-POPS
A Safer South Africa for Everyone
Featured Articles & Opinion
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 …

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 …

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 …

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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James lives with his wife and children in Khayelitsha, South Africa. He struggles to understand the lifelong bullying behaviours of his father, who abused him and his mother for years. James realises that times have changed drastically in the wake of apartheid, and regrets that his father, who lives alone on the outskirts of a remote village, hasn’t been able or inspired to change with them.

Key points to consider in viewing James’ story:

Masculinity is undergoing a profound transformation in South Africa. James’ story about his abusive father reveals the necessity for new approaches to what it means “to be a man” and shows the tragic consequences of those who are unable to adapt to changing times. As you watch the story, which highlights the subtleties of men’s control tactics, we encourage you to reflect on how difficult change can be.
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Sonke's MenCare Government and Media Relations Manager, Patrick Godana will be on Radio Zibonele today at 10:00am and again on Bush Radio at 13:00pm discussing ‘Intimate Femicide’ conceptualized to be the most extreme consequence of intimate partner violence.

You can listen here:
Zibonele FM broadcasts on the 98.2 FM – Cape Town
Bush Radio broadcasts on 89.5 FM Cape Town and you can also listen online http://tunein.com/radio/Bush-Radio-895-s6367/

Sonke's Government and Media Liaison Specialist, Mbuyiselo Botha will be on SAFM – Talk Shop show at 19:30pm discussing Impact of Xenophobia on Children.

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This animated video helps break down consent ... When there's consent and when there's not. When there's not consent, it is rape.

(Please note there is some adult language at the beginning of this video that may not be suitable for younger viewers):



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