Amnesty International South Africa (SA)

Member

Website: www.amnesty.org.za
Contact:  +27 (0) 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

Member

Website: 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.

Congolese Civil Society in South Africa

Member

Websitewww.congolesecivilsociety.org
Email: info@congolesecivilsociety.org
Contact: Tel: +27 73 576 7773
Contact Person: Isaiah Mombilo
Address: 47 Commercial Street, Scalabrini Centre, Cape town

For more than 5 years, Congolese Civil Society of Cape Town has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented Congolese refugees in South Africa .

Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money and time.

CoRMSA

Member

Websitewww.cormsa.org.za
Email: 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.

Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre

Member

Website: 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)

Member

Website: www.few.org.za
Email: info@few.org.za
Contact: +27 (0) 11 403 1906/7

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.

FW de Klerk Foundation – Centre for Unity in Diversity

Member

Website: www.fwdeklerk.org
Email: zdawood@fwdk-cud.org
Contact: +27 (0) 21 930 3622
Contact Person: Zohra Dawood
Address: First Floor, Zeezicht Building, Tygerberg park, 163 Uys Krige Drive, Plattekloof, Cape Town, 7500

The FW de Klerk Foundation was established in 1999 to promote the causes for which FW de Klerk had worked during his presidency. The Foundation is a small, professional, cost-effective organisation under the leadership of Executive Director, Dr Theuns Eloff.

The FW de Klerk Foundation has no party political affiliation and promotes the full spectrum of rights, values and principles in the Constitution. It adopts a consensus-seeking, non-confrontational style and attempts – wherever possible – to achieve its goals through discussion and persuasion.

The FW de Klerk Foundation is incorporated in a Trust (IT1863/99) and is registered as a not-for-profit organisation (NPO 031-061; PBO 930004278) in terms of the Act

GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action)

Member

Website: www.gala.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 11 717 4239 – Anthony Manion

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.

Gender DynamiX

Member

Website: www.genderdynamix.org.za
E-mail: regional@genderdynamix.org.za
Contact: 021 447 4797 – Tshepo Kgositau

Using a human rights framework, Gender DynamiX undertakes to advance, promote and defend the rights of trans and gender nonconforming persons in South Africa, Africa and globally. We realise that we are impacted by multiple systems of discrimination and marginalisation. Community mobilisation, media engagement, public education, research and training form part of our strategy. Our voice, skills, talents, leadership and pioneering attitude are valuable assets. Development and enrichment of our staff is crucial to the sustainability of our organisation.

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Member

Website: http://za.boell.org
Contact: +27 (0) 21 461 6266
Contact Person: Ana Paula Assubuji

Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con­ flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. We maintain close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, we are part of an international net­work encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approxi­mately 60 countries.

Human Rights Watch

Member

Websitehttp://www.hrw.org
Contact: +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)

Member

Website: www.ipt.co.za
Email: iolem@iafrica.com
Contact: +27 (0) 83 459 3302 (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)

Member

Website: http://www.issafrica.org/crimehub
Emailpretoria@issafrica.org
Contact: +27 (0) 12 346-9500

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

Member

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

Other Links:
kaleidoscopenetwork.weebly.com/affiliates
kaleidoscopenetwork.weebly.com/member-organisations

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)

Member

Website: 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.

OUT Wellbeing

Member

Website: www.out.org.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/outlgbt
Email: neld@out.org.za
Contact: +27 (0) 12 430 3272
Fax: +27 (0) 12 342 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. 

PCRD

Member

Website: http://www.pcrd.org.za
Email: michael@pcrd.org.za
Contact: 041 581 2414
Fax: 041 581 2425

People:

  • Michael Bendle – Director
  • David Stephens – Director
  • Mlungisi Gatyeni – Director

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.

Refugee Pastoral Care

Member

Website: www.refugeepastoralcare.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 31 307 1074
Email: 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.

Restorative Justice Centre

Member

Website: http://www.rjc.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 72 214 3880
Email: mike@rjc.co.za

Restorative Justice Centre (RJC) is a champion of restorative justice practices and an important provider of restorative justice services in South Africa. Restorative justice is an approach to justice that emphasises repairing the harm and hurt associated with criminal behaviour.

The work of the Restorative Justice Centre has intervened in the lives of thousands of South Africans, victims and offenders alike, bringing healing and preventing the perpetration of further crimes.

SA Jewish Board of Deputies

Member

Website: www.jewishsa.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 11 645 2570
Fax: +27 (0) 86 614 6692

People:

  • Wendy Kahn

“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.”

SameLove

Member

Website: www.facebook.com/Same-Love-Support-Group-Toti-240468179493101
E-mail: samelovefamilies@gmail.com

People:

  • Kim Lithgow

This is the official “Same Love” support group and community page..

Our logo is a rainbow heart with woollen rainbow strands, knitting the words
together. This is symbolic of all the different families and family
members, knitted together with the same love. Gay/lesbian/straight/transgendered/bisexual/
pansexual/asexual/queer/androgynous and any other version whatsoever.

We are a support group that embraces inclusivity, sees beauty in diversity, and is a safe-place
for all families and family members to learn and grow together. We have talks covering different
issues that face LGBT people, and talks for the families who discover that their child is gay/lesbian.
We deal with homophobia and transphobia and it’s consequences.
We want every child, every teen, every adult, to know that they are precious and valuable.
We want to help families stay together.

Your support and your input is appreciated. Let’s make this world a better place.

Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town

Member

Website: www.scalabrini.org.za
Email: info@scalabrini.org.za
Contact: 021 465 3664

People:

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

Member

Website: 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.

South African Muslim Network

Member

Website: http://www.samnet.co.za
E-mail: info@samnet.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 31 207 4223

SAMNET a network spanning across South Africa, represents the interests of the Muslim community in various fields and networks extensively within the Muslim Community and between the Muslim community and all our fellow Southern Africans.

SWEAT

Member

Website: http://www.sweat.org.za
Contact: +27 (0) 21 448 7875
Fax: +27 (0) 21 448 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 African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS)

Member

Website: www.migration.org.za
E-mail: info@migration.org.za

The ACMS is an independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged Africa-based centre of excellence for research and teaching that shapes global discourse on human mobility, development and social transformation. The ACMS is one of the continent’s leading institutions for research, teaching and outreach on migration.

The Gay & Lesbian Network

Member

Website: www.gaylesbiankzn.org

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)

Member

Website: http://www.lrc.org.za
Contact: +27 (0) 11 836 9831
Fax: +27 (0) 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

Member

Website: www.triangle.org.za
Email: info@triangle.org.za
Contact: +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

Member

Website: www.trucolors.co.za
E-mail: 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

Member

Website: www.tac.org.za
Contact: +27 (0) 21 422 1700

People:

  • Simonia Mashangoane: +27 (0) 83 285 3846
University of South Africa (Unisa) Department of Psychology

Member

Website:  www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=168
E-mail: info@wlce.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 83 282 0791 (Prof Juan Nel)/ 012 429 8299 (Khonzi Mbatha)

Psychology professionals engage in efforts aimed at making sense of human thought and action. The study of, among others, individual processes and interpersonal relationships, provides meaning to and understanding of human behaviour and group, community, and wider events. Towards this end, the Unisa Department of Psychology – under its research focus area: Social justice and inclusion – is a founder member of the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG), a multi-sector workgroup that was established in late 2009 with the common goal of lobbying for interventions to address hate crimes in South Africa.

Women’s Legal Centre

Member

Website:  www.wlce.co.za
E-mail: info@wlce.co.za
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 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).