16 Days of Activism Town Hall Meeting - 20 November 2012
Violence against women is widespread in South African communities and requires everyone to take steps to end its occurrence. As part of this year's '16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children' the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) aims to bring communities and ward councilors together to examine the role of local government in addressing violence against women. We will be doing this through three town hall meetings convened in Katlehong, Everton and Orange Farm. The theme of the meetings is gender based violence and how citizens can hold the state liable for addressing GVB challenges.
Tshwaranang invites you to a Maintenance Paralegal Forum on the 7th August 2012. If you deal with maintenance or maintenance – related issues regularly, this is your opportunity to obtain the basic legal skills and knowledge you need to be more effective in your interactions.
The purpose of this paralegal forum is to empower you by equipping you with legal knowledge, allowing you to provide basic legal advice to your clients and also to refer those cases requiring legal assistance. This is intended to be a very practical workshop and you will be provided with an information pack which we shall work through at the Forum. Some of the outcomes for the day are:
“Forensic nurses are going to be trained throughout the country to ensure that rape victims get a better service from the state and that good medical evidence is collected to improve the conviction rate of rapists. This decision has been taken by the Department of Health, which is concerned about reports of rape survivors being treated badly by doctors.” (Cullinan, K. 2000. Forensic nurses. http://www.health-e.org.za/news/article.php?uid=20000312)
With this statement the Department of Health appeared to be introducing a policy recognising forensic nursing. But 12 years later the South African Nursing Council (SANC) still does not treat forensic nursing as a specialty, while in some provinces the courts do not recognise forensic nurses as expert witnesses.