Annie Lennox demands an end to violence against women and girls in South Africa

Annie Lennox has issued a call to action today, in response to the epidemic of violence that has been taking place against women and girls in South Africa for years.
The petition implores members of civil society, media and church groups to make a commitment of personal and professional responsibility, in order to ensure that the issue of gender-based violence is never marginalised again.
Signatories include The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (Nelson Mandela Foundation), Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Treatment Action Campaign and CTAOP (Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project)

Annie Lennox OBE is the founder of The SING Campaign, a voice for HIV/AIDS women and children, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Ambassador for Oxfam, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign, Amnesty International, The British Red Cross, Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in Scotland and also London Ambassador for HIV and AIDS.

 

MAKE IT HAPPEN
End Violence Against Women And Girls!

For the sake of Valencia Farmer… Anene Booysen… and every victim and survivor of sexual violence.
South Africa has an outstanding legacy of activism that is renowned all over the globe.
Everyone refers to the end of Apartheid in 1994 as an achievement as significant as the 1865 agreement to abolish slavery in America.
These events weren’t simply miracles that occurred by themselves.
It took collective effort, courage and vision to achieve those goals.
Nineteen years since the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and there are still many obstacles and challenges to be overcome.
Many people feel fatigued and disillusioned.
They don’t believe anything will change for the better.
They have lost faith in politics and the criminal justice system, and are despairing of false rhetoric that offers empty promises without delivery.
But the problems will never go away by themselves.
It will take the same strength of focus and purpose to create lasting and impactful transformation.
BUT…. It is achievable.
We believe that gender violence CAN and MUST be tackled.
We need to create a tipping point of collective awareness and action to make it happen.
That is why we are appealing to EVERYONE working in the media and civil society to make a commitment to take personal and professional responsibility to become a part of the change. 
Together we can all bridge the gap between the victims, survivors and solutions.
We implore you to promote the efforts of organizations working to ensure the issue of gender-based violence is never marginalized again.
It is vital that you play your part in making the change. 

 

A Call to Action!
from
Annie Lennox
UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and HIV/AIDS Activist

PETITION NAMES 

 

1.     The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (Nelson Mandela Foundation)

 

2.     THE Mandela Rhodes Foundation

 

3.     Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

 

4.     Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

 

5.     Barbara Stocking Chief Executive Oxfam GB

 

6.     Elton John AIDS Foundation

 

7.     Women on Farms Project

 

8.     The South African Red Cross Society

 

9.     National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders

 

10.  Mothers2mothers

 

11.  Medecins Sans Frontieres

 

12.  Amnesty International – South Africa

 

13.  Treatment Action Campaign

 

14.   Charlize Theron Outreach Africa Project

 

15.  Rape Crisis: Cape Town Trust

 

16.  EQUALS

 

17.   CARE South Africa – Lesotho

 

18.  Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development

 

19.   CADRE: Centre for AIDS Development Research and Evaluation

 

20.   Paraffin Safety Association

 

21.   Office on the Status of Women

 

22.    Women and Men Against Child Abuse

 

23.   Safe Kids South Africa

 

24.   South African Association of Youth Clubs

 

25.   National Movement of Rural Women

 

26.   Rural Women’s Movement

 

27.   Glorious Light Community Church

 

28.   Muslim Women’s Institute

 

29.   SWEAT Project

 

30.   SWEAT: Outreach and Development Programme

 

31.   Women’s Net

 

32.   Women’s Legal Centre

 

33.   Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

 

34.   Child Welfare South Africa

 

35.  Child Welfare South Africa – Port Shepstone

 

36.   PE Child-line and Family Centre

 

37.   Union of Jewish Women

 

38.   POWA: People Opposing Women Abuse

 

39.   Befriends: Bloemfontein

 

40.   Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa

 

41.   Child Justice Alliance

 

42.   Children on the Move

 

43.   Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre

 

44.   Out LGBT Wellbeing

 

45.   Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre

 

46.   Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women

 

47.   Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

 

48.   GALA:  Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action

 

49.   Human Rights Institute of South Africa

 

50.    Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre

 

51.   Muslim Women’s Network

 

52.   National Council of Women South Africa

 

53.   PWMSA: The Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa

 

54.   Saartjie Baartman for Women and Children

 

55.   Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust

 

56.   Valoyi Traditional Authority Trust

 

57.   Shonaquip Mobilty and Seating Solutions

 

58.   Grahamstown Foundation: Amaphiko Township Dance Project

 

59.   Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU): Family and Community Motivators

 

60.   SAEP’s: Early Childhood Development Programme

 

61.   Westlake Village Community Development

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62.   Siyabonga: Family Community Motivators

 

63.   TB/HIV Care Association: Project Integrate – Sisonke

 

64.   UKZN Education: Matric School

 

65.   Uitenhage Provincial Hospital: Eye Clinic

 

66.   PMTCT: UGU District Health Programme Performance

 

67.  Positive Beadwork/Kidzpositive Family Fund

 

68.   Phaphamani Home-based Care

 

69.   Sunshine Centre Association

 

70.   Hoedspruit Training Trust (Hlokomela)

 

71.   Umdoni & Vulamehlo HIV/AIDS Association: Nakimpilo Care for Life

 

72.   Wide Horizon Hospice and Karuna Clinic

 

73.    ChoiCe Trust

 

74.   Ndlovu Care Group­­

 

75.   Absolute Return for Kids (ARK): Community Access and Adherence Programme

 

76.   Yabonga

 

77.   Khulisa Social Solutions

 

78.   Dance for All

 

79.   UBOM! Eastern Cape Drama

 

80.   Perinatal Mental Health Project

 

81.   Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre

 

82.   SACTWU Worker Health Programme

 

83.   The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa

 

84.  NOAH: Communities Caring for Children

 

85.  Fikelela AIDS Project

 

86.  Soil for Life