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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
  • Hatred Against Gays a Worldwide Problem

    Constitutional Law expert, Pierre de Vos, says hatred against homosexuals is not only an African problem.
     

    Speaking at a conference at the University of Cape Town where delegates from across the continent discussed challenges faced by gay communities, De Vos says the criminalisation of homosexuality in some African countries is an influence from the West.
     
    "Unlike in South Africa where legally if you are involved in same sex love then you are protected. In many other parts of the continent it is not the case, mostly so in the countries that have been colonised by the British because the colonial legal regulations were just transplanted,” he explained.
     
    To read the article titled, “Hatred against homosexuals is a worldwide problem,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Teachers Demand Mugabe’s Audience

    The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has written to President Robert Mugabe to request a meeting with him to register displeasure with current education minister, Lazarus Dokora.

    The teachers’ trade union group accuses Dokora of unilaterally introducing potentially destructive policies within the country's struggling education sector.

    Dokora is further accused of plans to shift schools sporting activities to weekends as well as to roll out CCTV camera installations in classrooms as a ‘spying’ measure on teachers.

    To read the article titled, “Unyielding teachers demand Mugabe audience,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Gauteng to Intensify Fight Against Child Abuse

    With more than 32 000 cases of child abuse recorded in the past decade (2004 and 2014), the Gauteng Department of Social Development in Gauteng vows to intensify the fight against the abuse of children.

    In light of this year’s Child Protection Week, running from 1 - 7 June 2014, MEC for agriculture, rural development and social development, Faith Mazibuko is launching a campaign under the theme, ‘Working Together to Protect Children’ and sub-themed, ‘Each For All and All For Each: Communities protecting their own’.

    The launch will be held today in Diepsloot, where there have been a number of cases of children being killed, raped and mutilated.

    To read the article titled, “Work together to protect our children, says MEC,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • SAHRC Warns Against Corporal Punishment

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned that there are still schools that administer corporal punishment despite it being illegal.
     
    The rights body says that the practice is contrary to the country's constitution and international human rights standards.

    Addressing the opening of its two-day conference on the subject at Parktown in Johannesburg, SAHRC chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, says corporal punishment in schools infringes on the right of a learner to basic education.

    To read the article titled, “Corporal punishment infringes on learner's right: SAHRC,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Mandela Foundation Mourns Angelou

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid tribute to the United States poet and author, Maya Angelou.

    In a press statement, the organisation spokesperson, Danielle Melville, points out that, "On behalf of our board of trustees and staff, the Nelson Mandela Foundation mourns the passing of Maya Angelou.”

    Melville says the late former President, Nelson Mandela, met Angelou in Cairo, Egypt in 1962, while he was garnering support for the armed struggle and undergoing military training.

    To read the article titled, “Mandela foundation mourns poet,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
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