Advocacy )

Website address: www.aresta.org.za
Contact: +27 (0)21 696 5764 ( Contact Person:  Charles Mutabazi)

The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) is a Cape Town based Non-Profit Organization. ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping refugees develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

Our Mission: To contribute to the successful integration as a solution for asylum seekers and refugees through advocacy, training, skills development, education and research.

Amnesty International South Africa (SA)

Website address: www.amnesty.org.za
Contact:  +27 11 339 5505

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

In pursuit of this vision, AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.


ARESTA ( The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills training &

CoRMSA (Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa)

Website Address:  www.cormsa.org.za
Email (General Information): info@cormsa.org.za
Contact: Tel: +27 11 403 7560
             Fax: +27 11 403 7559

The Consortium’s mandate involves strengthening the partnerships between refugee and migrant service providers to provide improved co-ordination of activities. This includes developing working relationships with other concerned organisations to provide an effective forum for advocacy and action.

The Consortium liaises with government and other stakeholders to keep them informed of the views of our members. The Consortium also provides a centralised referral system for the media and other practitioners through which it can refer those dealing with specific aspects of the sector to the organisations and individuals most qualified to assist.
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Website address: http://www.justice.gov.za

Contact: Numerous contact details for various regional offices and media enquiries

Durban Lesbian & Gay Community  & Health Centre

Website address: www.gaycentre.org.za

The Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre (a project of the KZN Coalition for Gay & Lesbian Equality) offers a safe and secure space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

Our Vision: To empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities by providing services, support and training to enable them to claim their rights to equality, dignity and freedom within the context of transformation.

Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)

Website address: www.few.org.za
Email address: info@few.org.za  
Contact: 011 403 1906/7(T)  

FEW was established by black lesbian women activists living in Johannesburg in 2001.In a post 1994 South Africa and with the new constitution of 1996 recognising sexual orientation within the equality clause, it was clear that we had to organize ourselves to ensure that we were able to claim and live the rights entrenched in the constitution.

The group which initially began the conversation about organizing black lesbian women were concerned that within the broader LGBTI and women's human rights issues, black lesbian women were more vulnerable because of intersecting identities, contexts and realities. We also recognised the power within our community – both black lesbian women, women in general and the LGBTI community – to confront the abuses that were being perpetrated against us in a democratic South Africa.

GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action)

Website Address: www.gala.co.za
Contact:  Anthony Manion at +27 11 717 4239

We are a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. Our mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people.

In recent years GALA has also strengthened our commitment in areas such as education and movement building. Through our different areas of work, GALA makes an important contribution to the achievement and development of the human rights of LGBTIQ people on the continent, and social justice more broadly.

Human Rights Watch

Website address:  http://www.hrw.org
Contact: Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700
Global Offices – many different contact details for various regions

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of more than 280 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
 Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.
 With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

Independent Projects Trust (IPT)

Website address: www.ipt.co.za
Email address: iolem@iafrica.com
contact: 0834593302 (Iole Matthews)

One of the biggest problems facing South Africa today is the gap between policy and practice and the IPT directors and associates work  with key government departments to ensure this gap narrows.   Transformation is a slow process but years of experience have given the IPT directors and associates the long term vision to understand that miracles don't happen overnight and it takes years of tireless work to entrench new practice. The IPT is staffed by a diverse group of associates with a wide range of experience, who since 1990 have developed a methodology which ensures effective consultative and collaborative problem solving processes within the target organizations.

Transformation requires the development of a clear strategy, the use of appropriate skills and a broadening of the consultative process. A primary focus of the IPT's work is on building and strengthening interpersonal and inter group relationships.

This is achieved through facilitation and training. An active research department, using established social science methodologies monitors all IPT interventions.

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Website address: http://www.issafrica.org/crimehub
Email address: pretoria@issafrica.org
Contact number: 012 346-9500

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a pan-African applied policy research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. The ISS Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) works to inform and improve policy and knowledge about crime, its prevention and the performance of the criminal justice system in South Africa and the Southern African region. We do this by monitoring social trends and policy, conducting in-depth research, disseminating credible and relevant information and analysis and providing specific expertise.

Kaleidoscope -  Amplifying the voices of South Africa’s LGBTIA’s youth

Website address: www.kaleidoscopenetwork.weebly.com
Email: kaleidoscopenetwork@live.co.za

Other Links:

Kaleidoscope is an umbrella organisation comprised of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTIA) student solidarity groups located at various tertiary education institutions across South Africa. Kaleidoscope aims to develop and implement strategies that seek to eradicate discrimination and hate crimes in all forms at tertiary institutions and in the broader community, and promote awareness and wellness.

The Kaleidoscope Youth Network is a network of 17 student solidarity societies for LGBTIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual) youth within higher education in South Africa. The mission of the Network is to train future leaders, improve health and wellbeing and eradicate hate crimes in the higher education context. The Network is run by an auxiliary and an executive committee, and works with a member body of 3 associate members. For more information, please visit our website.

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)

Website address: www.lhr.org.za
Contact: Different details for particular regions – on their website

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of the South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non-national and South African, who are victims of unlawful infringements of their Constitutional rights.

Lawyers for Human Rights is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation whose vision is to be:

  • A leading, effective human rights and constitutional watchdog and advocate,
  • An international force in the development and delivery of human rights, with a primary focus in Africa,
  • A primary contributor to clear strategic policy on the delivery of socio-economic rights for the disadvantaged.
To this end, LHR strives to promote awareness, protection and enforcement of legal and human rights through the creation of a human rights culture.

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)

Website address: www.mediamonitoringafrica.org
Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 11 788 1278
 Fax: +27 (0) 11 788 1289
 Email: info@mma.org.za

Media Monitoring Africa (formerly the Media Monitoring Project) has promoted democracy and human rights through the media since 1993. It acts in a watchdog role to promote ethical and fair journalism that supports human rights.

Media Monitoring Africa engages in a range of activities that aim to promote human rights and the democratic role of media. We utilise our research results to engage with media, government and civil society to improve practice and understanding around the importance of media ethics, quality and freedom.

Open Society Foundation for South Africa

Contact: +27 21 511 1679

Email: Khethiwe@ct.osf.org.za

OUT Wellbeing

Website: www.out.org.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/outlgbt

Email: neld@out.org.za

Contact: Director: Mr Dawie Nel

               Tel: (012) 430 3272

               Fax: (012) 342 2700


OUT was started in 1994 and has been active in legal reform for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) equality in South Africa (such as working on same-sex marriage rights and hate crimes). OUT provides health services to LGBT people, including a clinic, HIV prevention work, and provides psycho-social support, conducts research and trains mainstream service providers to adequately meet the needs of LGBT clients. OUT has been in existence for more than 15 years and is dedicated to the building of healthy and empowered lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender communities in South Africa and internationally, while reducing heterosexism and homophobia in society.  OUT is registered with the Department of Social Development as a Non-Profit Organisation. 


Website address: http://www.oxfam.org/
Contact:  Oxfam America Office
Email: info@oxfamamerica.org
Fax: +1 617 728 2594
Phone: +1 617 482 1211 (Toll-free 1-800-77-OXFAM)

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

 We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

PCRD (The Project for Conflict Resolution and Development)

Website Address: http://www.pcrd.org.za
Contact: Michael Bendle – Director
                David Stephens – Director
                Mlungisi Gatyeni – Director
Tel: 041 581 2414
Fax: 041 581 2425
Email address: michael@pcrd.org.za

The Project for Conflict Resolution and Development (PCRD) is a development organisation working primarily in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, that researches, designs, trains and facilitates processes that enable disadvantaged and/or at- risk communities and organisations to positively deal with conflict and transformation.

The PCRD makes use of the Adaptive Development Approach, which is beneficiary driven and its training is focused on communities for whom there are few resources available and little formal employment with the belief that the development and establishment of community conflict management systems will greatly enhance the efficiency of the target groups. To ensure that we are able to provide a holistic service to the communities we serve, PCRD has developed a number of relationships with other organisations and individuals who can be called upon as consultants to sub-contract for work that is not in the PCRD’s area of expertise.
Public Protector

Website address: http://www.pprotect.org/
Contact: National Office (Pretoria)
Tel: (012) 366 7000
Fax: (012) 362 3473
Toll Free: 0800 11 20 40
Fax@email: 086 575 3292

Refugee Pastoral Care

Website address: www.refugeepastoralcare.co.za
Contact: Tel & Fax : 031 307 1074
Email address:  refpascdbn@iafrica.com 

The Refugee Pastoral Care is a commission for the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban established to deal with foreign nationals in the area of the archdiocese. The organisation focuses on providing pastoral services to all foreign nationals who need it.

The commission has been in place since 1999 but became fully operational in 2002 and since then has been under the guidance of Fr. Stan Augustijns. Several programmes are in place to assist our disadvantaged refugee brothers and sisters.

The website helps to outline these programmes and keeps our clientele updated with new developments. A quarterly bulletin is published and can also be accessed on this site.

SA Jewish Board of Deputies

Website address: www.jewishsa.co.za
Contact Person: Wendy Kahn
Tel: 011 645 2570
Fax: 086 614 6692

“The South African Jewish Board of Deputies is the representative body of SA Jewry engaging with government and civil society on behalf of the community. The Board also safeguards the civil rights of Jewish South Africans and monitors and responds to antisemitism.  The SAJBD represents SA Jewry in international Jewish bodies.”

SAHRC (South African Human Rights Commission)

Website address: www.sahrc.org.za.
Email: info@sahrc.org.za
The South African Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town

Website address: www.scalabrini.org.za

Contact: info@scalabrini.org.za // Marilize Ackermann marilize@scalabrini.org.za

Tel: 021 465 3664

Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the Scalabrini Centre offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town. In providing our assistance, we use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs and our human rights.

Scalabrini Centre offers programmes dealing with welfare, training and assistance with access to local services through referrals to schooling, bank accounts, health care, legal representation, qualification accreditation and social assistance.

Sonke Gender Justice Network

Website address: www.genderjustice.org.za
Contact: Multiple Offices
Email: info@genderjustice.org.za

Sonke’s vision is a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

Sonke Gender Justice Network works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.

Founded in 2006, the Sonke Gender Justice Network is a South African-based NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. Sonke has an expanding presence on the African continent and a growing international profile, through its involvement with the United Nations and a range of other international networks and affiliates.


(Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce)

Website address: http://www.sweat.org.za/
Contact: Tel: 021 448 7875
                Fax: 021 448 7578

SWEAT works to ensure that sex workers rights are defended, that sex workers have access to health and other services and that the sex workers are respected and valued members of society. The organisation takes a rights based approach to its work and has 3 central programmes: Advocacy and Networking; Outreach and Development and Research and Knowledge Management. Our goals are to: Advocate for the decriminalisation of adult sex work in South Africa; to address health and human rights abuses with sex workers; and to support the development the self representation of sex workers on a national and continental level in issues affecting them.

The Gay & Lesbian Network

We aim to create a non-discriminatory, supportive and accepting society in Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands region, where everyone feels free to be themselves.

We offer many services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

If you need assistance, call our  helpline or come and visit our office in Central Pietermaritzburg.

Join us and support our mission of ensuring the upliftment and recognition of our community.

We welcome your input and look forward to developing creative programmes that foster Equality, Tolerance, Respect and Acceptance for all.

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC)

Website address: http://www.lrc.org.za
Contact:  Tel - +27 11 836 9831 (National Office)
                  Fax - +27 11 834 4273

The LRC is a human rights organization in South Africa. We use the law as an instrument of justice for the vulnerable and marginalised, including poor, homeless, and landless people and communities who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic, and historical circumstances.

We seek creative and effective solutions by using a range of strategies. These include impact litigation, law reform, participation in partnerships and development processes, education, and networking within South Africa, the African continent and at the international level.

Triangle Project

Website Address: www.triangle.org.za
Email Address: info@triangle.org.za
Tel: +27(0)21 448 3812

Triangle Project is a non-profit organisation working towards a vision of a society that is free of social discrimination, prejudice and inequality.  The organisation’s core objective is the promotion of human rights, with particular regard to the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.


Tru Colors

Website address: www.trucolors.co.za
Contact: General Info- info@trucolors.co.za
Tru Colors presents South African schools with a programme dealing with awareness around sexual orientation and gender issues and homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

TAC (Treatment Action Campaign)
Website address: www.tac.org.za/
Contact: Simonia Mashangoane (+27 83 285 3846)
                National Office - Tel: +27 21 422 1700


(United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

Website address: http://www.unocha.org/.

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

OCHA's mission is to:
 • Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
 • Advocate the rights of people in need.
 • Promote preparedness and prevention.
 • Facilitate sustainable solutions.


Women’s Legal Centre
Website address:  www.wlce.co.za
Email address: info@wlce.co.za
Contact:  Tel 021 424 5660

The Women's Legal Centre is a non-profit, independent law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women in South Africa. As access to justice is largely inaccessible to poor women, particularly black women, the WLC plays an important role in litigating in their interest and providing them with access to free legal advice. The Centre has identified 5 strategic focus areas. These are violence against women; fair access to resources in relationships; access to land/housing; access to fair labour practices and access to health care (particularly reproductive health care).

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