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Decriminalisation of sex work respects human rights

19 May 2009 A statement issued by Aids Legal Network (ALN),  Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Sex Worker Education Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and South African National AIDS Council Women's Sector Task Team after the South African Law Reform Commission released its discussion paper on sex work.

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Invitation to a debate: Elections and Paper Promises

What do Political Parties Say About the Problem of Violence against Women?

2 APRIL 2009 South Africa’s statistics for rape remain some of the highest in the world. Figures for the number of women killed by their intimate male partners are also amongst the world’s highest. We may ask, with the country’s fourth democratic election imminent, how political parties are proposing to deal with violence against women?

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Roundtable Invitation: Developing a health sector response to domestic violence

July 2008 Domestic violence impacts significantly upon women’s health, being associated with injury, poor mental health, miscarriages and ill-health generally. It has also been shown to place women at particular risk of HIV infection. Given these health consequences, it is likely that most healthcare workers in the course of their day-to-day duties will encounter women living with abuse. Yet, no formal policy exists to guide the health sector response to the problem of domestic violence. This roundtable aims to begin exploring possible health sector responses by:

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Organisations to challenge sentencing practices: Bongani Vilakazi appeal

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 29 April, 2008 On 5 May the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will consider Bongani Vilakazi’s appeal against his mandatory sentence of life imprisonment for raping a cognitively impaired 13 year-old girl. According to the amicus curiae in the matter, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), the arguments supporting Vilakazi’s application for a lesser sentence illustrate broader problems in the sentencing of rapists generally. Not only are the courts deviating from the legislated minimum sentences for rape, but they are doing so in a manner that trivialises the harm of rape. Explains CALS gender specialist Shereen Mills , “This case provides aunique opportunity for the SCA to provide guidance around imposing sentences that recognise women’s rights to dignity and equality, as well as the right to be free from all forms of violence.”

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