- Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD)Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, June 14, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
Western Cape APD seeks to appoint a Provincial Director, based in Cape Town.
Are you a motivated leader with a passion for disability? If so this is the job for you!
- Registration as a Social Worker with the South African Council for Social and Associated Workers;
- Experience and knowledge in social work and management of a non-profit organisation;
- Computer literacy;
- Willingness to travel and visit branches;
- Code 08 driver’s licence;
- Human resources management experience;
- Motivated person with strong leadership qualities who can think creatively and strategically.
Interested candidates may visit the organisation’s website at www.wcapd.org.za.
Candidates will be subject to psychometric testing.
To apply, submit a CV and contact details of three referees to the Provincial Director, WCAPD, PO Box 1544, Milnerton 7435.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
No e-mail applications will be accepted.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Should you not receive feedback by 28 June 2013, consider your application unsuccessful.
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The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) says that the provisions in the Sexual Offences Act which prohibit penetrative sex between consenting children are a useful deterrent.
JASA director, John Smyth, points out that, "Nobody, of course, least of all JASA, wants children prosecuted, but our excellent system of 'diversion' found in the Child Justice Act assures this seldom, if ever, happens."
Smyth states that a deterrent is vital, adding that the girl needs to be able to say to the boy: 'No, I am not doing that, and anyway it's against the law'.
To read the article titled, “Child sex law vital - justice group,” click here.Source:The Citizen
- The 50th-anniversary celebration of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union (AU), at the biannual heads-of-state summit this week is an important milestone. But, while they are celebrating, Africa's leaders should also do some serious reflection on why they haven't made sufficient progress on human rights.
The AU should use this gathering to call on its members to revisit their regional and international human rights obligations and adopt the mechanisms and reforms that those obligations require. That would give people across the continent a special reason to celebrate the anniversary.
Millions of Africans see few opportunities for democracy and cannot freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. New or ongoing crises in Mali, Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan; ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); as well as longstanding repression in countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe undermine progress towards respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Ten years ago, Africa's leaders made significant commitments to transparent and accountable governance and respect for human rights when they replaced the OAU with the AU and adopted the New Partnership for Africa's Development, a comprehensive economic and political reform programme. These new continental institutions and policy frameworks brought hope to the continent's citizens for human rights, democratic principles and good governance.
For the OAU, state sovereignty was paramount, with democracy and human rights on the backburner. The AU envisaged a more integrated approach that gave primacy to achieving peace and stability through democratic principles, good governance and human rights. Since then, the AU has often declared its support for human rights and democracy. At the 2011 heads-of-state summit, the AU declared ‘respect for human rights’, ‘democratic governance’ and ‘accountability’ among the values shared across Africa. Unfortunately, such rhetoric has not translated into greater respect for human rights.
To its credit, the OAU-AU developed a wide body of legally binding instruments and has a strong human rights foundation in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. It has also shown strong support for good governance initiatives and democratic principles. But the extent to which these regional instruments have translated into concrete actions and far-reaching change is questionable. In the past year, we have seen flawed elections in Angola, unwarranted crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators in Angola, Zimbabwe and Sudan, and impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC and Sudan.
Many African countries have growing and vibrant civil society organisations, but the hostile environment often faced by such groups shows up leaders' ambivalence about human rights. Civil society groups often have to work in highly limiting political spaces and face serious security risks. Monitoring of and reporting on human rights have been significantly constricted or entirely prevented in several countries, among them Angola, the DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Rwanda.
When it comes to peace and security, Africa has seen both improvements and challenges. Fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebel movements in Darfur, as well as in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile provinces over the past two years, has led to widespread abuses and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
In Somalia, the transitional authority has given way to a new government, but the human rights situation remains poor. State security forces have been implicated in serious violations.
Elsewhere on the continent there has been backsliding on some of the positive trends of previous years. Northern Mali erupted in conflict and the Rwandan-backed rebel group, M23, has wreaked havoc in the eastern Congo.
The upcoming deployment of the Intervention Brigade – an African-led force within the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, MONUSCO highlights the threat to peace and security and the need to end impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Impunity with regard to serious violations of international law has also brought into question African leaders' commitment to human rights. The AU has shown laudable commitment to justice in cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Yet the message has sometimes been mixed: some contend that the pursuit of justice would interfere with efforts to restore peace and security. The temptation to sacrifice accountability for peace is understandable but a culture of impunity has a high cost.
The AU has the potential to be a strong proponent of human rights. Its leaders need to find ways to build on the positive aspects of human-rights institutions and developments to cement a deeper human-rights culture. The anniversary should be more than an affirmation of how far the OAU-AU has come; it should also be a vision of how far the AU wants to go to achieve respect for universal human rights in Africa.
- Tiseke Kasambala is the Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch in Johannesburg. This article first appeared in the Mail & Guardian. It is republished here with the permission of the author.
Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change’s efforts to get first-time voters to register are being undermined by a concerted effort from the authorities, who are cracking down on individuals and groups seen mobilising youths to register.
On 5 May 2013, police arrested three volunteers from the Election Resource Centre (ERC) for carrying out activities under the group's popular 1st Time Voter Generation campaign, which encourages young people to register as voters.
ERC director, Tawanda Chimhini, handed himself in to the police in a bid to secure the release of the three volunteers and was immediately charged under section 40 of the Zimbabwe Electoral Act, which forbids individuals from conducting voter education without seeking permission from the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission.
To read the article titled, “Authorities blocking youth voter registration,” click here.Source:All Africa
Zambian Catholic priest-cum-politician, Frank Bwalya, has publicly supported gay marriages and says he would not arrest those practising homosexuality if he was elected president.
Bwalya, who addressed journalists in Johannesburg at the invitation of Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), says he will respect homosexuals, claiming this is in line with the Catholic Church which prescribed respect for every individual.
He said if he gets elected to lead Zambia elected president in 2016, he will not arrest homosexuals but respect them if I was given an opportunity to run the country," he said.
To read the article titled, “Frank Bwalya backs gays,” click here.Source:All Africa
Lesotho's top court has upheld a law that bars princesses from succeeding their fathers as traditional chiefs, a decision activists say dealt a ‘serious blow’ to women's rights and gender equality.
Rights activists decried the court's decision as a step backward for the tiny mountainous kingdom.
Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) deputy director, Priti Patel, points out that, “This is a dark day for women in Lesotho,” adding that the ruling has re-affirmed the view that women are second-class citizens in Lesotho.
To read the article titled, “Lesotho princesses’ succession barred,” click here.Source:Independent Online
Amnesty International has urged the Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex ‘against the order of nature’.
The organisation states that one of the men's neighbours reported them to the police, resulting in the arrest - their second for alleged same-sex sexual conduct, considered a crime under Zambia's penal code.
Its Zambian researcher, Simeon Mawanza, explains that laws criminalising homosexuality and gender identity criminalise the legitimate exercise of these human rights, which are protected in treaties ratified by Zambia, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
To read the article titled, “Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to a joint article by Lisa Draga and Doron Isaacs, the fees charged by certain public schools mean that most South Africans cannot afford to send their children to them, even though the fees are a great boost to the schools.
Draga and Isaacs argues that top public schools have inherited better infrastructure and are able to tap into private wealth to attract the best teachers and keep class sizes small.
The note that while some schools in the provinces are flourishing, many meet in overcrowded, ramshackle buildings and produce appalling results. They further add that efforts to build schools are slow, but children grow quickly, and their right to receive a decent basic education is immediate.
To read the article titled, “Equal education is a basic right,” click here.Source:Independent Online
Zambian police have arrested a gay couple after the family of one of the men reported the relationship to authorities, who made the first arrest of its kind under tough anti-gay laws.
Central province police chief, Standwell Lungu, "The two have been charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia."
Last month, another rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was arrested for appearing on live television calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in this deeply conservative southern African state.
To read the article titled, “Zambia arrests gay couple,” click here.Source:News24
As more people gain access to the Internet, its diversity, reach and value increases. Therefore it follows that a central concern of civil society everywhere must be how affordable, inclusive and free the Internet is. Individuals, institutions and organisations all over the world have embraced the Internet as a platform for discourse, commerce, citizen engagement and, of course, political and social activism. Mobile phones reach even more people and their everyday use is often linked to the Internet in some way or other.
Interaction between citizen and state has also been changed by this growth, in some ways positively, but in others, with new forms of exclusion resulting. E-government services can be inaccessible and alienating to those without the necessary access or literacy. Even the notion of citizenship has been transformed, with many people identifying themselves as citizens of the network (or netizens).
Recognition of the Internet's critical role as “a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, as guaranteed by article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” was clearly stated in the June 2011 report of Frank la Rue, ‘Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion to the UN Human Rights Council’. He went on to say:
“The right to freedom of opinion and expression is as much a fundamental right on its own accord as it is an ‘enabler’ of other rights, including economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to education and the right to take part in cultural life and to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, as well as civil and political rights, such as the rights to freedom of association and assembly. Thus, by acting as a catalyst for individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, the internet also facilitates the realisation of a range of other human rights.”
Civil society groups and activists are constantly expanding their use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as SMS and mobile apps to organise and advocate for social justice. But this explosion of creativity takes place in the face of growing threats to the free and open nature of the Internet both by states and business interests. In the last few years, issues have emerged that touch on freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, censorship, security, access to knowledge and the right to information. These new forms of violations of fundamental human rights result from expedient decisions by states and non-state actors that impact on ICT users in this way, and are similar in intent to violations experienced in traditional media. Interference with these rights is increasing.
Civil society must be involved in how the Internet and other ICTs are regulated and governed, at global, regional and national levels to ensure it remains a tool for empowerment. The next few years will be critical as both states and large corporations try to consolidate control.
- This is a summary of the Association for Progressive Communications’ (APC) contribution to the State of Civil Society 2013: Creating an Enabling Environment for Civil Society. The report was produced by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.