NGOs’ Humanitarian Needs for 2016

There is one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there is also the threat of more violence in Central African Republic and hunger caused by El Nino, which is expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions in Africa and potential flooding in the east.

Report Into Alleged Homophobic Statements

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will serve its preliminary report on king Goodwill Zwelithini regarding its investigation into alleged xenophobic statements he made about foreigners in South Africa.
The SAHRC has received 31 different complaints between April and June 2015 from complainants who alleged that the king’s comments amounted to hate speech against foreign nationals, while some linked the utterances to the subsequent violent attacks against foreigners.

Ensure Women Have Access to Justice: Ngcuka

Commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women, says their focus in the year ahead will be on preventing gender-based violence before it happens.
Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling for commitments and zero tolerance from the highest levels of leadership that ensure all women have access to justice and are supported by essential services.

Will Fewer Firearms Make South Africa Safer?

Hlupha was eight when he got his first gun and his neighbour taught him to commit crime. His first robbery was of the post office in the small town where he lived. When Hlupha was 16, he shot a boy at school for flirting with his girlfriend. He committed many more crimes over a number of years until he was arrested and convicted for kidnapping, robbery and assault. When we met him he was in prison.

Increasing Rate of Violence Requires Unified Approach

Violence against women is a serious problem worldwide and data from 80 different countries show that 35 percent of all women have been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner, or have experienced non-partner sexual violence.

These statistics are sometimes considered unreliable but this is largely due to gross under-reporting, which actually compounds the problem.

While women across the globe fall victim to physical or sexual violence, African women are particularly vulnerable.

Violence Less Likely in Homes Where Fathers Share Chores Equally

When fathers play an active and equal role in the household and are a positive presence, it relieves the burden of care on mothers and is associated with a household where violence is less likely to take place.

Research from Norway has found that the incidence of violence against women or children in equitable homes is three times lower than households where fathers dominate.

Salvation Army Carehaven: Social Worker

The Salvation Army Carehaven mission is to provide residential shelter and refuge to abused women and their children, the opportunity for them to find healing and to learn skills that will empower them to cope as a self-reliant members of society.

The Salvation Army Carehaven seeks to appoint a Social Worker for home for abused women and their children, based in Western Cape.

The job description for this position is available on request.


LifeLine/Childline Western Cape: Registered Social Worker

LifeLine/Childline Western Cape is an organisation of skilled lay counsellors who are there to assist callers and clients facing a crisis in their lives. The role of organisation is to create a safe space for people to share what is happening in their lives.
LifeLine/Childline Western Cape seeks to appoint a Registered Social Worker, based in Tygerberg.


Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: HR / Finance Administrator

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an innovator in preventing violence and building peaceful societies. The Centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace locally, continentally and globally.

CSVR seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR)/Finance Administrator, based in Johannesburg.

This is a one-year contract position.



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