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.


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!
Annie Lennox
UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and HIV/AIDS Activist



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




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


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