Gender & Sexual Diversity

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Adapting to disaster: Domestic Violence Shelters and South Africa’s COVID-19 Lockdown

Published: 1 December 2021
Research Brief No.2

This brief is the second in a series produced by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in relation to its ‘Care and Support in a Time of Epidemic’ research project. The project focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on shelter services to victims of domestic violence in South Africa, and seeks to strengthen policy and practice in the provision of domestic violence services.

HCWG Submission

Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech

Published: 1 October 2021
Submission

The Hate Crimes Working Group has submitted written comments to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, on the long-awaited Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

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The Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown on Domestic Violence in South Africa: What do we know?

Published: 17 August 2021
Research Brief No.1

This brief is one of a series produced by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in relation to its ‘Care and Support in a Time of Epidemic’ research project. The project focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on  shelter services to victims of domestic violence in South Africa, and seeks to strengthen policy and practice in the provision of domestic violence services.

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“A Woman is a Strong Person”: The Lived Experiences of Rural Women Activists

Published: 25 June 2021

The long, hard road towards the recognition of rural land rights in South Africa has been burdened by our country’s history, now exacerbated by new laws that threaten rural democracy and threaten to dissolve spaces in which rural women can assert their rights and address challenges they face. This publication features the stories of four such women and their experiences of fighting against inequality and for citizen's land rights in South Africa.

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Policy Brief: Long term impact on sheltering for abused women

Published: 27 May 2021

This brief is based on the findings of a study undertaken to understand women's experiences of shelter services and the factors that aided or hindered their long-term recovery from abuse; an aspect crucial to improving government and non-profit sector policy and practice.

DV Safety Plan

Domestic Violence Safety Planning

Published: 14 April 2020
Publication

While South Africa is in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for those in abusive relationships, isolating at home presents additional risks. Our partner, the National Shelter Movement, has put together some suggestions for those needing to stay safe and seek help during this time. 

Keeping the Faith: Working at the Crossroads of Religion and Sexual & Gender Rights.

Published: 14 August 2019

Keeping the Faith: Working at the Crossroads of Religion and Sexual and Gender Rights is a project of the HBF that seeks to explore and support faith as a site for strengthening human rights and justice for LGBTIQ people. This publication provides a snapshot of current issues, initiatives and central actors in the field and a conceptual framework to advance sexual and gender rights, as well as potential strategies to inform such work.

The Long-term Impact of Shelters on the Lives of Abused Women

Published: 3 July 2019

This publication is the last in a series of provincial studies on shelters for abused women undertaken by the HBF and the NSM and supported by the EU. This study focuses on women's experiences of having accessed shelters and those who render such services. It does so in an attempt to better understand what is required to meet the long-term needs of those seeking reprieve and an end to violence.

Out of Harm's Way: Women's Shelters in the Eastern and Northern Cape.

Published: 30 May 2019

This publication is one of a series of provincial studies on women's uses of shelters undertaken by the HBF and the National Shelter Movement of SA's EU-supported 'Enhancing State Responsiveness to GBV: Paying the True Costs' project. The publication describes women's uses of domestic violence shelters paying particular attention to women's mental health needs as well as government policy and budgets in relation to the provision of sheltering services in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.