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Sonke Newsletter 11


Mamphela Ramphele takes on the Traditional Courts Bill
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  • Mamphela Ramphele
16 Apr 12

This is an abridged transcript of Mamphela Ramphele’s speech given at UCT in March 2012. I was born and bred in the rural areas; I come from Limpopo province. I was a political activist in the 1970s working in the Eastern Cape, and things are so bad th …

Reaching a hard-to-reach community
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  • Micheline Minani Muzaneza Bagona
  • Papy Molembe Mobosela
  • Londi Gamedze
16 Apr 12

I sat down with Micheline Muzaneza, a trainer on Sonke’s Refugee Health and Rights project, to discuss the team’s recent success in running a workshop with Somalians in Cape Town. Somalis are a hard-to-reach community, especially when it comes to issue …

Stopping sexual abuse and the spread of HIV amongst inmates: Sonke works in 10 South African correctional centres
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  • Emily Nagisa Keehn
16 Apr 12

Sexual abuse and HIV plague detention facilities in South Africa. However, people in prison are already being punished by having their freedom taken away from them. They are not there to experience additional forms of punishment or harm. Sexual abuse a …

Where do men stand in all this?: Sexual Violence in Conflict
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  • Lauren Wolfe
16 Apr 12

This article was first published on Women Under Siege’s website: www.womenundersiegeproject.org. Republished here with kind permission from the author. Let’s blame men. Many of us do – many women and even men blame men for the mass rape of women in war …

LGBTQI… and S
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  • Londi Gamedze
16 Apr 12

In 1988, a teacher, Kevin Jennings, at a private school in Massachusetts, started a group to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) students and to connect supporters of inclusivity and broad sexual rights, whether straight, g …

My Dad Can…
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  • Helen Alexander
16 Apr 12

… put a smile on my face everyday … cook nice food for me and play with me … play ball with me … make me laugh, hug me and hold me … take care of me … help me with homework and assignments … turn a bad day into a good day … give money t …

News


“One Man Can is going to Infect Every Man in Gugulethu with Love”
16 Apr 12

 “Less Risk – more responsibility. One Man Can is going to infect every man in Gugulethu with Love.”  With these words, Patrick Godana, the National One Man Can Manager in Cape Town, opened the One Man Can Men’s Wellness Centre in Gugulethu o …

Men and Sexual & Reproductive Health in Africa
16 Apr 12

IS it easier being a man or a woman? DO masculine norms create challenges for men? DOES working in male involvement mean less focus on women’s empowerment activities? These are some of the questions that the Learning Centre Initiative (LCI) asked parti …

The CGE Monitor: Watching the Watchdog
16 Apr 12

On March 16, civil society organizations convened in Cape Town to discuss the development of a new coalition, the CGE Monitor, to support and monitor the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). Despite its weighty powers, vested in it by the Constitution …

“Less Skin, We Win!”
16 Apr 12

Less Skin, We Win! That’s the message that commuters in Cape Town and Johannesburg are getting when they take their taxi ride into work today, as taxis branded with the new Sonke Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) campaign messages took to the streets, en …

Meet Sonke’s Staff: Sumaya Regal
16 Apr 12

Sumaya Regal joined Sonke in February to support the office of the Executive and Deputy Executive Directors and also serve as the board secretary.  She is based in the Cape Town office. She is somewhat of a godsend to Sonke, and makes a lot of communic …

Capacity Building with Trocaire Organisations in Malawi
8 May 12

From 27 February – 2 March 2012, Sonke Gender Justice successfully conducted an Organisational Capacity Assessment Audit to four Trocaire-Malawi partner organisations. This five day visit reviewed existing capacity and gaps on understanding of gender, …

Sonke visits Limpopo Partner TVEP
16 Apr 12

Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme In TVEP’s eleven-year history, the organisation has assisted over 12,000 survivors of violence through their 24/7 trauma centres in the Thulamela region of Limpopo province, South Africa. These trauma centres pr …

Zola Community Health Clinic MMC Dialogue
16 Apr 12

Brothers For Life (BFL) hosted a ground breaking dialogue addressing Male Medical Circumcision (MMC).  Not an easy topic to discuss, but the BFL team organised a wonderfully successful event.  Community members and health officials gathered at the Zola …

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