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Gender Organisations Require Money and Space to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

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.   Read More...




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- Rape Crisis rejects President’s contention ....

Rape Crisis rejected the President’s contention in his 2013 State of the Nation address that the National Council on Gender Based Violence was a solution to the epidemic of rape and violence.

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Image: UN human rights chief 'outraged' at 'pandemic of sexual violence' in SA Following the rape of Anene Booysen, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called on authorities to do more to tackle a 'pandemic of sexual violence'. "There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists that sexual violence is absolutely unacceptable and that they will have to face the consequences of their terrible acts," Pillay said.   Read More...



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Image: South Africa’s police - protectors or perpetrators? “You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community.”
So said Susan Shabangu to a police forum in 2008 when she was South Africa’s deputy minister of safety and security. “You have one shot and it must be a kill shot.” Some blame this statement for the recent police shootings at the Marikana platinum mine on 16 August. Others go further and say the police are incompetent, corrupt and just plain criminals, writes RW Johnson, in this article republished by courtesy of Good Governance Africa - http://www.gga.org/.   Read More...



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South African Institute of Race Relations finds farming community IS more vulnerable to violent attacks than SAIRR originally thought.

On 5 October 2012, the South African Institute of Race Relations released a statement on farm attacks in South Africa. The statement was based on farm attack data by the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU). The analysis has now been revised in this new release issued by the SAIRR's Frans Cronje, Lucy Holborn and Boitumelo Sethlatswe.   Read More...




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But would the farming fraternity agree with the SAIRR findings?

The number of farm attacks per 100,000 farmers and their families is comparable to the number of criminal attacks per 100,000 people in the general population. This is according to an analysis of farm attack data conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations.   Read More...




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Beware: California Human Right Foundation CHRF USA Invitation to Global congress on child labour.

This is a scam according to Paul Hooper, Co-ordinator, Western Cape Street Children's Forum (WCSCF). There is a new scam going around that targets NGO/NPOs. You get an email from The California Human Right Foundation CHRF US who invites you to a global Congress meeting against Economic Crisis, Child Protection & HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prostitution, Sex Work and forced Labour. Please BE WARNED IT'S A SCAM.   Read More...




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South Africa’s increased use of mobile phones, access to social media and Internet contribute to an increase in cyber crimes.

Nearly a year ago, a specialist in software risk management and data storage, Marthinus Engelbrecht, warned that while statistics on violent crimes in South Africa hit the headlines every day because of their severity, cyber crimes were much more common and had a much bigger impact (The New Age, 14 September 2011). Crime analysts and commentators have regularly warned about the insidious nature of cyber crime, and, occasionally predicted an upswing in its occurrence, writes Charles Goredema* in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT.org - http://www.ngopulse.org.   Read More...




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Helping to build new lives for women and children at risk.

NAB has for the third consecutive year given the New Life Centre a much need cash injection. The media owner has donated R30,000 to the safe house that assists women and children. “We’ve elected to support the New Life Centre in lieu of corporate gifts again this year which our clients, suppliers and partners whole heartedly support,” says John Bowles, Joint MD at NAB.   Read More...




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Why do we often not feel compassion for another person's suffering?

MIT postdoc Emile Bruneau has long been drawn to conflict - not as a participant, but an observer. In 1994, while doing volunteer work in South Africa, he witnessed firsthand the turmoil surrounding the fall of apartheid; during a 2001 trip to visit friends in Sri Lanka, he found himself in the midst of the violent conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military, writes Anne Trafton, MIT News Office.   Read More...




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We all have to fight, for those who cannot.

In a society where abuse is ever-present yet still on the increase, it is important for all citizens to do their part – no matter how small. Health writer Teresa Farmer says if a person suspects that someone is being abused they should try to approach them. Farmer says one should offer them help to get out the situation and also any other assistance they might need.   Read More...




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Beware: Don't be a victim of unscrupulous criminals.

NGOs continue to fall prey to scams, which cripple them financially and also leave them unable to sustain their development programmes, writes Franki Black*  in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT - http://www.ngopulse.org/... NGO founder and owner, Levy Mmelesi, got a rude awakening at a commercial expo that took place at the Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mafikeng towards the end of last year.     Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Safety & Security
Edcon backs the fight against crime in Free State Communities.

Edcon, a leading clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group in Southern Africa, together with Independent Newspapers presented the town of Bloemfontein, Free State with a state-of-the-art mobile policing unit on Thursday, 10 May, as part of a wider ‘Partnership Against Crime’ initiative designed to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in serving the community.   Read More...




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There are reports of Bushmen being harassed by Botswana’s security forces.

Botswana’s security forces are arresting and intimidating Bushmen, despite the tribe’s legal right to live and hunt in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). Survival International has received several reports that a large group of police officers has set up a permanent camp close to the community of Metsiamenong, which famously resisted Botswana’s brutal evictions.    Read More...




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Climate change affects women most…

Participants to the 2012 Gender Justice and Local Government Summit have urged SADC Heads of State to sign an Addendum to the Protocol on Gender and Development on Climate Change this August when they meet in Maputo, Mozambique, according to this article reprinted courtesy Gender Links - www.genderlinks.org.za.   Read More...




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• One out of every four women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship.
• Every six days a woman in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner.
• Every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in South Africa.   Read More...




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There can be great risks when seeking partners online.

Women risk exposing themselves to abusive relationships, gender-based violence, serial rapists and even killers each time they join social networking sites with the intention of finding the ‘perfect partner’,  in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT - http://www.ngopulse.org/.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Safety & Security
Seven out of 10 women have experienced violence.

Botswana's Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Honourable Minister Edwin Jenamiso Batshu last week launched The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Indicators Study Botswana (2012) report that reveals the high prevalence of GBV in the country. The research is a product of the partnership between Gender Links (GL) and the Women's Affairs Department (WAD) in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in Botswana.   Read More...




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Evidence suggests that police brutality has increased in recent years.

Soon after last year’s Human Rights Day, Andries Tatane died an unnecessary and probably unlawful death at the hands of the police during a community protest in Ficksburg. He is the not only one to have suffered such a fate...   Read More...




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Stand together to wipe out this despicable practice.

As we are celebrating International Women’s Day today let’s not forget that one out of every four women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship. Every six days a woman in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner. Every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in South Africa. These shocking statistics are not new to us, because every time we read a newspaper or turn on the television, we are made aware of the escalating level of abuse towards women and girls that takes place in our communities every day.   Read More...



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