HATE CRIMES WORKING GROUP
Website address: www.aresta.org.za
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
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.
ARESTA ( The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills training &
CoRMSA (Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa)
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.zaContact: 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
GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action)
Website Address: www.gala.co.za
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
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.
Independent Projects Trust (IPT)
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)
Kaleidoscope - Amplifying the voices of South Africa’s LGBTIA’s youth
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)
Website address: www.lhr.org.za
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:
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)
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 1679Email: Khethiwe@ct.osf.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.
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
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.
Website address: http://www.pprotect.org/
Refugee Pastoral Care
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
SAHRC (South African Human Rights Commission)
Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
Website address: www.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
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.
(Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce)
Website address: http://www.sweat.org.za/.
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
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
Website address: http://www.lrc.org.za
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 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.
TAC (Treatment Action Campaign)
(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:
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