gender-based violence

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Fundraising & Communications Officer

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors in all its interventions.  The Rape Crisis Cape Town’s mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence by reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, encouraging reporting of rape incidents and facilitating the active engagement of communities in challenging high rape rates and flaws in the criminal justice s

Police Criticised Over LGBT Rights

A lesbian rape survivor and community activist has told the Khayelitsha probe into police inefficiency how insensitive officers added to her ordeal.

When prominent lesbian community activist Funeka Soldaat was raped by some boys from Khayelitsha in 1995, she turned to the South African Police Service for help.

Yet this week she told the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into police inefficiency that her torment had continued at two police stations, where her treatment after the attack left her devastated.

Women's Health CoOp: Field and Outreach Worker

The Women's Health CoOp  (WHC) is a women's research project funded by an international organisation based in Pretoria. The project focuses on vulnerable women who are at risk of HIV infection.

WHC seeks to appoint a Field and Outreach Worker, based in Pretoria.

The successful candidate will assist in outreach and recruitment for various research project activities.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Thuthuzela Care Centre Coordinator

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors in all its interventions.  The Rape Crisis Cape Town’s mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence by reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, encouraging reporting of rape incidents and facilitating the active engagement of communities in challenging high rape rates and flaws in the criminal justice s

Transgenders to Finally Get Their Own Cells

The Department of Police says that transgender people will now be locked up in their own cells when arrested, this will ensure that transgender people are not victimised by other inmates while in police custody.
 
Deputy Police Minister, Maggie Sotyu, points out that, “…there are identified police stations where they will be kept away from other people. This is a challenge across all provinces."

Furthermore, the Women's Legal Centre has established a protocol on how police officers should deal with sex workers and transgender people.

Thinking Beyond the Boxes

My palms and arms are splattered with paint and my fingertips tinged red, blue and green. I have just completed an Art for Activism workshop with young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people. The workshop aims to explore their experiences, foster leadership, encourage expression and build capacity through art and visual advocacy.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Board of Trustees

Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the oldest women’s organisation in South Africa dealing with adult rape. The organisation began as a volunteer run feminist women’s collective and was compelled by the changing fundraising climate in the mid 1990s to develop into a professionally run organisation moving into 2013 with the pressure to develop a more entrepreneurial focus. Embracing the inevitable tensions between these different demands and responding to the rapidly changing political and economic environment in South Africa presents a challenge.
 

A Global Goal on Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment

Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls, from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland, have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific abuses.
 

NGO Wish List: Give Us the Space, Give Us the Money

Each year the issue of space and access for civil society attending the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) continues to be a contentious one. It is becoming increasingly difficult to enter official sessions and side events. When one manages to overcome the exclusionary red tape, the space is far too limited to accommodate some 6 000 NGOs registered to attend CSW in New York.

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