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  • Museveni Slams ‘Sinful’ Western Aid

    Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has reportedly urged Africans to avoid what he calls ‘sinful Western aid’ after donors cut funding over anti-gay laws enacted in his country.

    Museveni signed the controversial anti-gay law, which calls for ‘repeat homosexuals’ to be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and obliges Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities in February.

    Since then, the United States of America froze some aid programmes and denied specific Ugandan officials involved in ‘human rights abuses’, including against the gay community, entry into its boarders.

    To read the article titled, “Africa doesn't need 'sinful' Western aid – Museveni,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Women Sterilised Without Consent

    The Lesotho Chapter of Women and Law - Southern Africa is conducting a study to determine the truth behind reports that HIV-positive women are being sterilised without their consent in public hospitals.

    Various HIV positive women claim that they have had their wombs removed, or fallopian tubes tied, without the consultation after their babies were delivered by caesarean section.

    The Ministry of Health says it is not aware of the situation, and has called on the women to come forward with information.

    To read the article titled, “Study to determine truth behind HIV-positive women sterilisation,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Police Accused of Shooting Students

    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) claims that the North West police fired rubber bullets and live ammunition on protesting students in Mmabatho.

    DENOSA states that while protesting against the closure of the Mmabatho Nursing College, a student leader was assaulted and arrested.

    The organisation is appalled by what it calls the reckless actions of police, following the closure of the college nearly two months ago.

    To read the article titled, “Police fired on students: Denosa,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Machel Ends Period of Mourning

    The Graça Machel Trust says former President, Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, has returned to public life after six months of mourning.

    In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "After six months of retreat, mourning the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graça Machel will now return to her active role as a global advocate for women's and children's rights."

    Machel, whose husband died in December at the age of 95, says her other priority is to continue advocating for women in Africa to access better opportunities in economic, political and social spheres.

    To read the article titled, “Graça Machel ends period of mourning,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Western Cape APD: Social Worker

    Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) - Knysna APD
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, June 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
     The Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a nonprofit organisation, affiliated to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa. The Western Cape APD serves as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, and is active in the prevention of physical disablement.

    Western Cape APD seeks to appoint one Social Worker, based in Knysna, Western Cape.

    With a strong focus on community development, the successful applicant will be required to: Adhere to the objectives of the Constitution, goals of the current service plan and mission of the association and to uphold the human dignity and independence of all clients and independence of persons with disabilities who are in receipt of social work services.

    Requirements:
    • Relevant social work qualification;
    • Registration with SACSSP;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Good written and verbal communication skills in English and Afrikaans.
    • Minimum of two year experience.
    To apply, submit a CV to Eldorette at knysnaapd@telkomsa.net or fax to: 086 574 3777.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries:  Smith, Tel: 044 385 0126.

    For more about the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, refer to www.wcapd.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • UNHCR Commends SA’s Refugee Legislation

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says South Africa has the best refugee legislation in the world.

    UNHCR representative for Southern Africa, Clementine Nkweta-Salami, says the South African government has taken great strides to meet its international obligations towards refugees.

    Nkweta-Salami explains: "I think for the vast majority of refugees, they would acknowledge that they do receive good treatment from both the authorities and the South Africans in the communities. But at the same time we are all aware that we do continue to face incidents of violence, refugees being attacked.”

    To read the article titled, “SA has best refugee legislation: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Molo Songololo: Social Worker

    Molo Songololo
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Molo Songololo’s programmes aim to advance the rights and protection of children. The organisation provides direct support to children in need of care and protection. The organisation empowers children with skills that builds their human dignity, self-esteem, social confidence, and increase their future prospects. Songololo also educates and trains those who work with children and raise awareness and advocate about children in difficult circumstances.

    Molo Songololo seeks to appoint a Social Worker as Manager of our Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), based in Cape Town.

    The VEP aims to assist and empower children and youth who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking  and facilitate their recovery, healing and empowerment through direct support and assistance to children and their families. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management of our VEP programme including the satellite offices in Atlantis, Delft and Beaufort West.   

    Responsibilities:
    • Supervise  child support workers, casework, home-visits and prevention activities;
    • Provide statutory social work interventions as required - removals, placements and court support;
    • Provide Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions and Empowerment - for clients and family members;
    • Network and partnership  building with other role-players - referrals and strategic interventions;
    • Design and implement  community awareness initiatives and education programmes  in targeted areas.
    Requirements:
    • Social work degree: Registered with South African Council of Social Service Professionals;
    • Police Clearance;
    • Minimum of five years social work experience including case work, group work and community development practice;
    • Thorough knowledge of the legal and policy framework for the protection  and rights of children: Familiar with the Children’s Act, Sexual Offences Act,
    • The Child Justice Act; including all laws and policies related  to child trafficking, child labour and exploitation;
    • Management and Supervision  skills: project / programme management, staff  supervision / management  and  monitoring and evaluation;
    • Case Work:  Referrals ,  debriefing , reporting, systems  and statutory requirements;
    • Counselling and therapeutic skills;
    • Good command of the English language and at least one of the other  prominent languages spoken in the province (isiXhosa / Afrikaans);
    • Write up of client and court reports; compiling and writing of development and progress reports; 
    • Data Management: Data capturing, management, analysis and report generation;
    • Driver’s licence and willingness to travel;
    • Computer Literacy - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ability to use the Internet as  a research tool.
    A competitive market related salary will be offered depending on experience.

    To apply submit a CV (maximum three pages) and a one page motivation letter to melda@molo.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Molo Songololo, refer to www.molosongololo.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Court Hears Arguments in ARV Treatment Case

    The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
     
    Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
     
    BONELA executive director, Cindy Kelemi, says prisoners particularly foreign prisoners are a vulnerable group who usually have no means to access life-saving medication if the government does not supply it.
     
    Meanwhile, Botswana says it is under no legal obligation to provide ARV treatment to foreign inmates.
     
    To read the article titled, "Botswana court to hear arguments in ARV treatment case," click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Tutu Leads Swazi Rights Reform Crusade

    Nobel peace laureate, Desmond Tutu, and a raft of human rights organisations have signed an open letter demanding reforms from Swaziland's King Mswati III, denouncing arbitrary arrests and prosecutions.

    In a letter whose authenticity a Tutu spokesman confirmed, those involved say, "We write to express our concern about the state of freedom of expression, judicial independence, and the rule of law in the Kingdom of Swaziland."

    The open letter also urges the government to begin meaningful discussions with the growing number of citizens and independent organisations that are demanding their basic freedoms and calling for democratic reform in Swaziland.

    To read the article titled, “Tutu leads Swaziland human rights reform crusade,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • No Gay Rights' Echos State - Minister

    Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.

    The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.

    "I want to make it very clear here that as Government, we have the Constitution to protect and in the preamble of our Constitution, Zambia is a Christian Nation and as such we live by the Christian values and we will not be able to recognise gay rights," he explained.

    To read the article titled, “No Gay Rights' Echos State,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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