20 March 2018, Johannesburg: The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is pleased to announce the launch of its Popular Report on Awareness of, Attitudes and Access to Constitutional Rights in South Africa 2018 on 26 March 2018 at the Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.
The latest survey of socio-economic rights will be launched at the Women’s Jail Atrium as part of FHR’s contribution towards this year’s Human Rights Month. The survey was conducted across the country to assess awareness, access and attitudes towards human rights under the FHR’s Socio-Economic Justice for All Programme (SEJA). SEJA is implemented in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) and supported by the European Union through Sector Budget Support.
FHR Executive Director, Ms Yasmin Sooka, describes the survey as substantial with 24 897 interviews having been conducted across all the provinces covering more than 4 165 sites. In 2011, the FHR carried out a survey of this kind, when only 4 200 respondents were interviewed across 22 sites.
We are confident that the Baseline Survey will enable us to measure the levels of awareness of human rights in the country. The survey will provide an opportunity for FHR and all the stakeholders in the human rights sector to learn and understand the challenges that the respondents face in relation to access to human rights. Importantly, the survey takes into account access to human rights as well as attitudes so that they can be addressed. We are confident the survey will serve as a source of valuable information for researchers, activists and other stakeholders who will use the data to explore in greater detail some of the issues raised in this report.
The event will bring together representatives from the DoJ&CD led by the Deputy Minister, Mr John Jeffery, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis (European Union Special Representative for Human Rights at European External Action Service), Dr Pali Lehohla (former Statistician-General at Statistics South Africa), Washeelah Kapery, founder and Chief Executive Officer (Citizen Surveys), and Dr Zaid Kimmie, Group Manager for Institutional Planning, Monitoring and Reporting at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Professor Bongani Majola (Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission).
Date: 26 March 2018
Venue: Women’s Jail Atrium, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg (GPS coordinates: -26.190217, 28.041916)
For more information and for interviews contact:
Mr Butjwana Seokoma
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Mr Ahmed Mayet
Participatory Democracy Manager
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