World Social Forum 2007

An Alternative Forum or More of the Same?

Carrie Shelver of local gender NGO, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), attended the World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi as a representative of the One in Nine Campaign. She shares her impressions of this vital gathering with us, not only as a novice participant, but also as a gender activist.


SWEAT: Stop State Violence Against Sex Workers

17 January 2007

Alleged police brutality against sex workers was documented last night after Pretoria News photographer, Herbert Matimba, began photographing the alleged attack on a sex worker and managed to evade the police when they pursued him for the photos.

SWEAT wants to express our extreme shock and anger regarding the latest incident of police brutality against a sex worker. We want to express our grave concern for the woman now fighting for her life in hospital; our thoughts are with her and with her family and friends.

Sonke Gender Justice: One Man Can Campaign

Media Release.

The One Man Can Campaign supports men to take action to end domestic and sexual violence. Based on research done by the Sonke Gender Justice Network, the campaign recognises that many men are concerned about widespread domestic and sexual violence and want it to stop.

The One Man Can Action Kit provides men with resources to act on their concerns about domestic and sexual violence.

Materials in the One Man Can Action Kit include:

Gender and Media

Media Coverage Perpetuates Harmful Stereotypes

In the past few days, the prevalence of gender stereotyping in the media has come under scrutiny from gender organisations, who continue to ask the hard questions of who makes and informs the news.

While the media becomes ever more pervasive in informing the world's perception of itself, throughout the world women struggle to tell their own stories, in their own voices.

CSVR: Building Peace Through a Culture of Human Rights

The repression of the 1980’s created the incubator for the birth of many NGOs including the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), which was formally established in 1989. This was a challenging era in South Africa’s history where there was widespread political resurgence in communities that responded violently to the harsh and rigid enforcement of apartheid laws, which at one stage included the incarceration of 3,500 children.


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