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Outcomes and Outrage – Reflecting on the jacob zuma verdict

February 7, 2016

Opinions on the Zuma rape trial by Liepollo Lebohang Pheko 22 May 2006 The past few weeks have been characterised by heated debate and unfettered anticipation about the verdict of the Zuma rape trial. The matter has polarised the nation; not only across gender lines but also across class, ethnic and political lines. Having been

Disciplining our children

February 7, 2016

In a recent edition of You Magazine (23 February 2006), there was an article titled “Mom, Dad, you can’t hit me” about the possibility of smacking one’s child becoming illegal in South Africa (it already is in our schools). Following on from that article, there was a whole page of letters from irate parents, saying

365 days of action to end gender violence

February 7, 2016

An important conference was held in South Africa from the 3-5 May 2006. A follow up to the Sixteen Days of Activism campaign that runs from 25 November to 10 December, the conference was the first attempt to stretch this campaign into a structured year-long campaign with tangible outcomes that can be used to measure

Infinite Woman at the Saartjie Baartman Centre

February 7, 2016

Infinite Woman, a Cape Town-based learning and networking forum for women in business and professional women, hosted a function at the Saartjie Baartman Centre on 27 July 2006 to raise awareness of women and child abuse among its members. Patricia de Lille, at the Centre in her personal capacity, spoke inspiringly and forcefully, condemning the

SBC grows a new shelter

February 7, 2016

15 August 2008 Five months ago, our director, Synnøv Skorge, was approached by the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) with an exciting proposition. A shelter was badly needed in the Worcester area, a large farming community some 100 km from Cape Town. As the SBC had the expertise, would we assist the DSD and

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children responds to Julius Malema

February 7, 2016

10 February 2009 After more than a decade of democracy and a constitution that enshrines the rights of each human being in this country, can South Africa still afford leaders who cannot or will not accept every person’s fundamental right to equality, especially to equality of treatment and respect? This is the question we have

Caster Semenya and gender discrimination

January 29, 2016

Together with many other women’s and human rights activists and organisations, the Saartjie Baartman Centre has added its name and support to a letter written to the press about the way 800m gold medal winner Caster Semenya has been treated by the athletics community and in the media: Caster Semenya and Gender Discrimination – the

The Saartjie Baartman Centre turns 10 years old

January 28, 2016

2009 was an important year in the history of the Saartjie Baartman Centre, as we celebrated our 10th anniversary – 10 years of challenges, amazing growth and wonderful rewards. “The 10 year existence of the Centre has been a story of courage, tenacity and the unrelenting conviction in our right to live free of abuse,

Keep Saartjie Baartman Centre Open – A Call To Action

January 28, 2016

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children faces closure. Please view the the video clip below by clicking on the link for more on this and to find out how you can help to make a difference in the lives of these women and children.

Saartjie Baartman Centre faces closure

January 28, 2016

Press release The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg, Cape Town has a local and international reputation as one of the finest one-stop centres to provide free shelter, legal and counselling services, job-training programmes and other resources to abused women and their children. As one of the shelter residents says, “The Centre