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Press Statement calling on AU to address rights violations in Africa, especially Uganda & Nigeria

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African groups call for the African Union to urgently respond to gender and sexuality rights violations in Africa, and particularly to anti-gay laws recently passed in Uganda and Nigeria.

As African civil society organisations whose members live and work to improve the lives of all Africans, we condemn in the strongest terms, the disturbing increase in sexuality and gender-related rights violations and abuses, especially those aimed at women and gender non-conforming people, and people in same sex relations including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identifying African people.

World AIDS Day - Sonke calls on SA government and global community to engage with men

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World AIDS Day: Sonke Gender Justice calls on South African government and global community to engage men in HIV health services - for everyone's sake.

Press Statement Calling African Leaders to Support the International Criminal Court

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Sonke Gender Justice joins Nobel laureates and women's rights campaigners to call on African leaders to  support the International Criminal Court.

Press Statement: Prisoner Rape is Illegal – Magistrate Badenhorst Must Be Held Accountable

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Prisoner Rape is Illegal – Magistrate Badenhorst Must Be Held Accountable
23 July 2013, Johannesburg

Press Statement: Sonke Lauds Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Her Appointment as Head of UNWOMEN

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Sonke Gender Justice extends its congratulations to Former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on her appointment as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN). We commend UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for finding a worthy successor to former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. 

Press Release: CGE to Take Action on Gender in the Judiciary

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A Commission of Inquiry will be held in Pretoria on 24th and 25th July in order to address the paucity of women in the judiciary.  The Inquiry comes as the result of a complaint lodged by the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) of UCT and Sonke Gender Justice in October 2012 to the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).

Call for action at the 57th CSW by the International Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict

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Sonke joins call for action at the 57th CSW by the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, of which Sonke is a member. Sonke and the campaign call for progressive agreed conclusions and express “alarm that a number of states are using the Commission to reverse hard‐won progress the global community has made in the past couple of decades to eliminate violence against women.”

International Women’s Day, 8th March: Gender equality activists & supporters Ring the Bell

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International Women’s Day, 8th March: Gender equality activists and supporters Ring the Bell to stop violence against women

1 March 2013

On International Women’s Day, Friday, 8 March 2013, both in South Africa and across the world, thousands will Ring the Bell to stop violence against women. Ring the Bell is a global initiative that encourages individuals to take concrete action on violence against women.

Press Release: Focus on Cape Town Events: Sonke Calls on Men to Join One Billion Rising Campaign

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Focus on Cape Town Events: Sonke Gender Justice Network Calls on Men to Join One Billion Rising Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls on 14 February 2013

Gender Groups Approach Presidency, Request Commision and R10-Billion Fund to End Violence

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A grouping of fifteen civil society organisations representing the gender and women’s rights sector, many of which provide prevention and  support services for  women, young people and the victims and survivors of gender-based violence have written to President Zuma. The group is urging the President to set up of a commission of inquiry into gender based violence. 

Sonke Calls on Men to Join One Billion Rising Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

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On February 14, South Africa will be part of a global movement for change - ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Sonke Gender Justice and partners will take to a rooftop overlooking Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, and welcome dawn rising on Table Mountain in Cape Town, to express their outrage, demand change, and RISE against injustice, demanding an end to violence against women. 

Western Cape Outrage: Society Must Act to End All forms of Violence Against Women

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7 February 2012; South Africa. Sonke Gender Justice joins the growing number of South Africans expressing shock and outrage over the horrific gang rape, mutilation, and murder of 17-year old Anene Booysen. “We send our condolences to her family and to the Bredasdorp community, and call on the authorities to investigate this crime and ensure that the perpetrators are punished to the full extent of the law,” says Sonke’s chairperson Sisonke Msimang.

PRESS RELEASE: Civil society organisations in alliance to stop the Traditional Courts Bill.

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Civil society organisations from across the country have come together in a broad alliance that rejects the Traditional Courts Bill that is presently before the National Council of Provinces. The Alliance for Rural Democracy includes a cross-section of civil society organisations that are concerned about the detrimental effects the Bill will have on the constituencies they serve and support....

LGBTI Organisations Welcome the Action by the SAHRC

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Joint media statement welcoming the steps taken by the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate statements allegedly made by King Goodwill Zwelithini regarding same-sex relationships.

Press Release: Launch of Red Card Campaign

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In light of concerns that there will be an increase in sexual exploitation during the World Cup (particularly exploitation of children), Sonke and our partner, Grassroot Soccer, are launching a Red Card Campaign to curb sexual exploitation. The campaign aims to raise awareness about different forms of sexual exploitation and provide people with a practical tool to stop potentially harmful situations, namely the Red Card.

Sonke Press Release: Complaint to ASA regarding SAB ad

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Civil society organisations have laid a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority about South African Breweries Carling Black Label advertisement

Press Release

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Network of Men Leaders to Combat Violence against Women which includes two South Africans: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sonke Gender Justice Network co-director Dean Peacock.

Press Release

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Network of Men Leaders to Combat Violence against Women which includes two South Africans: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sonke Gender Justice Network co-director Dean Peacock.

Statement by Civil Society Organisations and Concerned Individuals on South Africa

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17 Human Rights NGOs and and 61 individuals (including Desmond Tutu, Richard Goldstone, Dumisa Ntsebeza, Kader Asmal, Hugh Corder, Yasmin Sooka, John Dugard, Jody Kollapen and Karthy Govender) have signed a statement calling on President Jacob Zuma and the South African government to co-operate with the ICC in relation to the warrant of arrest issued for President Omar al-Bashir of The Sudan.

Civil Society Calls on President Zuma to Cooperate with ICC

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Press statement regarding the statement issued by various civil society organisations and concerned individuals calling upon President Jacob Zuma to honour South Africa

Statement by Civil Society Organisations and Concerned Individuals on South Africa

Filesize: 78.63 kB

17 Human Rights NGOs and and 61 individuals (including Desmond Tutu, Richard Goldstone, Dumisa Ntsebeza, Kader Asmal, Hugh Corder, Yasmin Sooka, John Dugard, Jody Kollapen and Karthy Govender) have signed a statement calling on President Jacob Zuma and the South African government to co-operate with the ICC in relation to the warrant of arrest issued for President Omar al-Bashir of The Sudan.

Civil Society Calls on President Zuma to Cooperate with ICC

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Press statement regarding the statement issued by various civil society organisations and concerned individuals calling upon President Jacob Zuma to honour South Africa

Press Statement on behalf of Sonke Gender Justice Network and People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA), March 6, 2009, New York

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This press release was issued in response to comments made by Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (the former Minister of Health and now the Minister in the Presidency) at the CSW.

Press Statement on behalf of Sonke Gender Justice Network and People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA), March 6, 2009, New York

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This press release was issued in response to comments made by Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (the former Minister of Health and now the Minister in the Presidency) at the CSW.

Forced closure of

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Johannesburg - 4 March 2009 - M

Forced closure of

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Johannesburg - 4 March 2009 - M

Joint Global Statement on Kenya Denouncing Police Violence Against Civil Society Advocates

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This is a global statement, signed by 66 organisations, condemning the violent arrests and sexual violations of civil rights activists in Nairobi on 8 July 2008. 

Joint Global Statement on Kenya Denouncing Police Violence Against Civil Society Advocates

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This is a global statement, signed by 66 organisations, condemning the violent arrests and sexual violations of civil rights activists in Nairobi on 8 July 2008. 

Sonke Gender Justice engagements at the International AIDS Conference, Mexico 2008

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Sonke is involved in a number of presentations and other events at the Mexico AIDS Conference in August 2008. Please come and join us if you can.

Xenophobic violence: Western Cape emergency civil society task team established; WC security forum established

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Issued by Sonke Gender Justice, PASSOP, Black Sash, TAC, AIDS Law Project, 21 May 2008

Xenophobic violence: Western Cape emergency civil society task team established; WC security forum established

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Issued by Sonke Gender Justice, PASSOP, Black Sash, TAC, AIDS Law Project, 21 May 2008

 
 
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