Using Key Events to Influence Change - Masimanyane

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Using Key Events to Influence Change - Masimanyane

  1. 1. 37 St Marks RoadSouthernwood5201Eastern Cape,South AfricaP.O. Box 565East London Presented at VOICES Conference5200 By Thabisa BoboSouth Africa On the 15th November 2012(w) 27437439169(F) 27437439176maswsc@iafrica.com
  2. 2.  Non Governmental Organisation founded in 1995 by the current Executive Director- Dr. Lesley Ann Foster- based in East London, South Africa Mainly focussing on addressing violence against women and girls, SRHR and gendered nature of HIV/AIDS Working within the human rights and democratic framework. Underpinned by substantive equality, non discrimination and state accountability
  3. 3. Programmatic work Crisisintervention and support services Primary prevention and awareness raising Women’s leadership development and training Research, government monitoring, lobbying and advocacy
  4. 4.  Women and girls on the ground (lived realities) CBOs and FBOs (wider reach) National and international organisation (IWRAR Asia Pacific) Regional networks ( Amanitare) Chapter 9 institutions (Human rights commission, Commission on gender equality, ect) Tertiary institutions Ect
  5. 5. CEDAW-( Convention on Elimination of all forms Discrimination Against Women) Was adopted in 1979 and entered into force in 1981 Enacted in the United Nations and ratified by South Africa on the 15 December 1995 Provides an international standard for protecting and promoting women’s human rights States are responsible for a range of steps toward the practical realisation of rights:  Individual violations and weaknesses in systems and institutions  Addresses stereotypes and discriminatory social and cultural norms  Private and public spheres
  6. 6.  CEDAW Shadow Report Presenting NGO Statement Lobbying- Lunch briefing Listening to the State party’s report presentation Influencing concluding comments/observations Feedback to the communities and sharing Concluding observations Started to initiate Inquiry under the OP CEDAW
  7. 7.  Women’s cooperation and willingness to learn and talk openly about their experiences and concerns Acknowledgement of the achievements made to address violence against women Building alliances for good working relations for sharing resources and support
  8. 8.  The concerns we raised are contained with the concluding observations and making this a significant input from ourselves and other NGO’s in South Africa Our profile has been raised on an international level- (the only NGO in the world invited to make inputs on the UN General Assembly on the increase of VAW and lack of response from states to curb it)
  9. 9.  Our presence in Geneva was significant and gave us the opportunity to observe the entire reporting process by South Africa to the United Nations and we had a significant opportunity to influence the UN’s response to the government report. Masimanyane’s continued partnerships with internationally based advocacy organisations enabled the organisation to make a success of this initiative.
  10. 10. Thabisa BoboMasimanyane Women’sSupport CentreC: 0825170819O: 0437439169F: 0437439179E: thabisa.bobo@gmail.com

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