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By martinfdolny, Nov 25 2017 09:17AM

From today 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until to 10 December, Human Rights Day, The Joe Slovo Foundation is supporting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign as a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. Following on from campaigns earlier this year including the ‘Red Card to Violence Against Women” This international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. and is now co-ordinated by the United Nations: UN-Women.org#


This year, the UNiTE Campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” reinforces the UNiTE Campaign’s commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first.

As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, and buildings and landmarks will be lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the issue of violence against women and girls.


Join the Joe Slovo Fondation !

Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you orange the world at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using #orangetheworld and #16days.







By martinfdolny, Nov 4 2017 09:16AM

Martin Dolny, Director of the Joe Slovo Foundation will be a panelist on using Digital connectivity as an engine for economic development and social empowerment at the forthcoming AfricaCom in Cape Town South Africa


Now in its 20th year AfricaCom is the largest African Telecoms, Media and Technology Conference.

Mr. Dolny will be part of the Visions for Africa – Digital connectivity as an engine for economic development and social empowerment stream specifically addressing “The Smart City Initiative”.


One of the primary drivers for Joe Slovo Foundation is using Smart City Innitiatives to invest and mobilize to end violence against women.


If you would like to meet or contact Mr Dolny and find out more about how the Joe Slovo Foundation is using Smart City Technology not only as an engine for economic development, and social empowerment but also for improving Participatory Democracy, and protecting Human Rights especially to invest and mobilize to end violence against women especially if you are keen to support this inntiative then please contact Martin at;

martin.dolny@joeslovofoundation.org or phone UK +44 (0)779.500.6203 or call / whatspp +27 (0)79.697.1976



By martinfdolny, Oct 19 2017 07:05AM

My Sister published a book recently called “Before Forever After” – a book we should all be dying to talk about -said one reviewer. Years ago, when she started work on the book I recall the working title being ‘I don’t want to talk about it’ after a conversation my sister had with her elder daughter when she had broached the subject of preparing for her father’s death and her daughter’s reaction was that she really did not wish to talk about it.


If death is a subject we do not want to talk about then are RAPE & Sexual Abuse similar taboo subjects that we avoid like the plague - Based on our recent campaign it appears so ?


Last month, the Joe Slovo Foundation took part with several other Non-profits world-wide in the GlobalGiving September Accelerator Campaign. The theme of the Foundations campaign, as some of you reading this blog will know was to ‘Prevent 3312 girls being raped tomorrow’ – The United Nations calculates that a female is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds – which I worked out to be 3’312 every 24 hours


The campaign carefully followed the formula on how to run successful campaigns as outlined by GlobalGiving. Over Five Thousand E-mails – plus follow-up emails with a choice of the photo used and the title were sent out. Advocates / Ambassadors of the Foundation were contacted. We also reached out directly to around a hundred or more of Pillars of Society / Famous People / Hollywood Celebrities who had spoken out on the subject before. We wrote directly to people who had a soft spot for the late Joe Slovo and even messaged many South African Expats abroad.


We penned Blogs on the Web-site, clicked the Shares, Likes and Postings on Facebook and on Linkedin, we Tweeted on Twitter (though we admit we lack President Trumps panache at this) and even ran a Google Adwords Campaign. The whole thing was exhausting and whilst successful at raising the profile of the subject, wasn’t as successful as hoped at fundraising in that it only raised a few hundred dollars.

What struck me during the campaign, was how much people (other than close supporters for which we are truly grateful) avoided the subject, and especially avoided using the RAPE word. It seems we prefer to dress it up and call it Gender-Based Violence or similar language, or we pretend it happens elsewhere. The United Nations for example has a campaign to stop rape now – it’s against sexual violence in (war) conflict, but it as if it’s over there somewhere, that sexual violence happens in far off wars and does not happen close to home or to the workplace.


I am not a social anthropologist but it seemed to me during the campaign that we do have to change our own cultural attitude world-wide towards Rape and Women Abuse not just change the Rapists.


As I write, the main story from America this week is for once not about President Trumps’ latest Tweet but about, allegations of Sexual Harassment, Misconduct, and Abuse against film mogul Harvey Weinstein by many females. A few are comparing Mr Weinstein’s actions as not that far away from Mr Trump’s comments about pussy grabbing. If Messrs.’ Trump and Weinsten had said or done the same about Jewish people would they not immediately and rightly be condemned for being anti-Semitic. If, they said or did the same about black people would they rightly and immediately not be condemned for being racist - and when I say immediately i mean after only the first or 2nd occurrence, not after multiple offences.

However, when it comes to abuse against women instead we unconsciously do very good impersonations of the three wise monkeys.


And deep down we all know that itis not just Harvey Weinstein who (allegedly) uses position and power to obtain sex although some may try to pass him off as unique or that it’s a Hollywood thing but -it is not unlike cancer, for if we have not been touched by cancer directly then we know someone who has. Similarly, when we dare to think about it most of us know someone who has been the subject of unwarranted attention from their boss or colleague or neighbor. – Last year The Economist reported on a survey which indicated 38% of South African men admitted to using force or the threat of force to obtain sex – yet it is also reported that sadly only one 1 in 500 cases are successfully prosecuted.

Monty Python’s Michael Palin, last week raised over GB£ 3 million in 24 hours for the half a million women and children refugees of Rohingya – that the UK government matched. Over a million women and children are raped in South Africa every year, but less than GB£ 3 thousand pounds gets raised. We save the African Elephant, we save the African Rhino but we do not the African Girl – I like to run and I’ve run for Cancer Research several times but I have yet to run to stop rape ( I do plan on doing so next year) yet some say Rape is a disease just like cancer that has now reached Epidemic proportions and immediate action needs to be taken against it.


The top earner in the GlobalGiving Accelerator Programme was a deserving charity helping women to beat Cervical Cancer in Africa. I was reminded of a kind, warm South African lady who also built and ran a Charity that raised funds to purchase vaccines against Cervical Cancer. The vaccines were primarily given to young orphan girls around S.A. as they were the ones who suffered most from male sexual predators and therefore were at the highest risk of contracting cervical cancer. It seems ironic that we are happy to give to address the effect but not the cause- we give to treat the victims but do little to prevent the offence - not dissimilar to us at the Foundation raising funds to roll out a different preventative measure – a Free Mobile SOS / Rape Rescue Alarm for women and girls. Should we not be teaching men, women, boys and girls that as Charlize Theron once said that “real men don’t rape”.


I was born in the North of England – the youngest of war refugees from Eastern Europe. In my late teens, I ventured south for the first time to the University Town of Reading whose students in those days had a better reputation for partying than for academia. Arriving in the town centre, I asked a learned-looking elder gentleman where the university was – he thought for a moment and admitted he did not know, “the university is a bit like the sewage works – you know it’s there -but you try to avoid the smell’ – he said. Are Rape and Sexual Abuse also like the sewage works I ask myself.


Its October 2017, and this year the theme of the ‘Red October’ campaign in South Africa is “Stop Gender Based Violence – Red Card against Women Abuse” – hopefully because there are some heavyweight male politicians behind the campaign and perhaps because does not mention the RAPE word – and even perhaps thanks to MR Weinstein – this campaign will have far greater success than ours did.


If you would like to support the RED CARD AGAINST WOMEN ABUSE campaign – then go to the JoeSlovoFoundation website and click on the Red-Card button. http://www.joeslovofoundation.org/red-card-against-gbv/4585366528 you can also sign the petition at https://www.thepetitionsite.com/791/435/864/red-card-against-women-abuse/

p.s.

Is South Africa the only country with a Rape Culture? One of our Google Ad Campaigns got lots of clicks and impressions. When we looked at the analytics over 50 % of respondents came from India -wow we thought what an enlightened country – until we realized 90% of the respondents were actually searching for girls being raped by other girls.



By martinfdolny, Oct 10 2017 08:38PM

South Africa has one of the worst records in the World for Gender-Based Violence.

The United Nations calculates that one in three women have suffered from or will suffer from Gender-Based Violence at least once in their life-time.


Meanwhile only 1 in 500 cases are successfully prosecuted


This culture needs to change- break the silence and report cases of domestic violence and rape & lets make those who abuse women and girls understand its wrong !


Show your support for the campaign to show the RED CARD AGAINST WOMEN ABUSE


Provide services to Protect and Support Survivors, Victims and those under threat of gender based-violence at community level as well as the investigation, prosecution, sentencing and rehabilitation of offenders by the criminal justice system.


https://www.change.org/p/south-african-government-communityleaders-show-the-red-card-against-women-abuse

By martinfdolny, Sep 28 2017 10:14AM

The GlobalGiving Accelerator Campaign to raise funds to Protect over 3000 Women & Girls from suffering from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) every day in South Africa ends in 24 hours.

Please, Please Share, Post, Tweet, WhatsApp, Link, Like . . .

Thank you !


https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protecting-3312-girls-from-being-raped-tomorrow/


The Joe Slovo Foundation is rolling out a free Mobile GBV Rescue Alar m Service for Girls and Women to use when they feel in danger that instantly sends multiple alarm messages to local community, family and friends with their location so they can react urgently, prevent the crime and catch the offender.

GlobalGiving are running a World-Wide Campaign in support of this innitiative that ends in 24 hours.


GlobalGiving - Protecting Women from Gender Based Violence
GlobalGiving - Protecting Women from Gender Based Violence

By martinfdolny, Sep 14 2017 11:07AM

Martin Dolny - Director of The Joe Slovo Foundation will be a Panelist on "PUTIING THE CITIZEN AT THE HEART OF SMART CITY DEVELOPMENT" at the forthcoming SMART-SUMMIT in London on Sept 19th, 20th 2017. -

If you would like to meet or contact Martin and find out more about how the Joe Slovo Foundatiuon is using Smart City Tecdhnology and a Mobile Srervices Platform to help distressed municipalities and communities or you are an Non-Profit Org then you are welcome to contact him at martin.dolny@joeslovofoundation.org or phone UK +44 (0)779.500.6203 or whatspp +27.79.697.1976


By martinfdolny, Sep 12 2017 03:03PM


The Joe Slovo Foundation in conjunction with GlobalGiving launched a World-Wide Crowdfunding Campaign to raise money yesterday to roll out a Rape Rescue Alarm Service country-wide - the free service is part of its 'STOP RAPE NOW in SOUTH AFRICA initiative.

The Foundation was selected by GlobalGiving to be part of its Accelerator Program that will last for two weeks during which time GlobalGiving give bonuses and match funds raised.

According to the United Nations a girl or woman is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds - equal to 3312 females every 24 hours -and the focus of the campaign is on preventing another 3312 girls from being raped tomorrow.


A copy of the firs-phase campaign email cna be veiwed at

http://bit.ly/2wY4MFX


To monitor progress on the campaign visit

www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-3312-girls-from-rape/




By martinfdolny, Aug 23 2017 04:19PM

STOP RAPE NOW in South Africa – Press Release.

Last Wednesday (Aug 9th) was Women’s Day in South Africa. Like every Wednesday, and every day in South Africa, last Wednesday a woman or a girl was raped every 26 seconds

August is designated Women’s Month in South Africa in tribute to the thousands of women who marched on August 9th in 1956, against at having their freedom of movement restricted. Women throughout South Africa had put their names to petitions, indicating their anger and frustration at the hated pass laws.

In August 2017, however, Women still do NOT enjoy freedom of movement. Some say it is worse, for South Africa today is a country where 1 in 3 women or girls have been or will be raped in their lifetime and where the UN calculate a woman is raped every 26 seconds.

This August, in today’s Digital World, The Joe Slovo Foundation is encouraging South Africans to follow the lead of those we pay tribute to and add their names to the petition / campaign to STOP RAPE NOW in South Africa, either by logging onto to Facebook and Liking and sharing the campaign message, on the Joe Slovo Facebook page – where they can even become a friend of Joe himself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/283463022892/permalink/10155023888942893/

Better still adding a photo/ selfie of them-selves with arms symbolically crossed like the South African actress Charlize Theron and post it on the Joe Slovo Foundation Facebook page. Supporters can also go the Joe Slovo Foundation website http://www.joeslovofoundation.org/stop-rape-now/4585366528 and subscribe to the campaign there.



The campaign will ultimately focus on changing attitudes so that all understand that ‘Real men don’t Rape’ and that ‘No means No’. In the meantime, The Joe Slovo Foundation (with the assistance of SALGA and the USAASA) will be piloting next month a free mobile service that will provide women and girls added protection when threatened and enable Rapists to be caught and prosecuted more easily.


Martin Dolny

Director

The Joe Slovo Foundation NPC.

Tel South Africa +27 (0)79.697.1976

Skype; martinfdolny

Tel UK +44 (0)77.9500.6203

martin.dolny@joeslovofoundation.org