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On August 9, 1956, 20,000 women of all races marched through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa in defiance of apartheid. They stood outside the Union Buildings, the government seat, protesting apartheid, and sang, “You strike a woman, you strike a…
Women march on the Union Buildings protesting apartheid in Pretoria, South Africa, August 9, 1956.
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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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When the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development published its draft hate crimes bill for public comment, it meant that the government was finally ready to punish bias-motivated crimes. But the cause for celebration is also cause for…
Entrance of the Constitutional Court of South Africa at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg on June 22, 2007.
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In November, SA took two steps on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. One is designed to protect LGBT people domestically, the other seeks to undermine their protection internationally. It is a familiar good cop, bad cop scenario, but SA…
A drag queen participates in Durban Pride in Durban, South Africa, July 30, 2011.
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As a South African, I am immensely proud that our constitution includes protection on the grounds of sexual orientation – leading the way on the continent and in the world. It is apt too that my country took the initiative at the UN Human Rights Council…
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South Africa’s inexplicable support for a regressive resolution at the UN Human Rights Council brings into question its commitment to gender equality and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. A controversial “protection of…
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(Johannesburg) – Human Rights Watch today released a short film that explores the work of the award-winning South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The campaign begins on November 25,…
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(Johannesburg, November 25, 2013) – Human Rights Watch today released a short film that explores the work of the award winning South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The campaign…
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Southern Africa’s Anglican archbishop calls for an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Without an ID, it's difficult or impossible to apply for jobs, access a hospital, obtain school results, open a bank account and withdraw money, obtain a driver's licence, travel, vote, or accomplish any number of other basic tasks. South Africans who are…