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Introducing Sisonke – Philanthropy Matters

Introducing Sisonke – Philanthropy Matters

A common question at the start of any meeting these days is “where has the year gone?” It is quite normal to lament the fast-paced passing of time around mid-Winter, but 2020 has been extraordinarily different, for many obvious and not so obvious reasons. 

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We all have a responsibility to SEE

We all have a responsibility to SEE

When we first launched Africa Legal, I won’t pretend that rights and well-being of children were at the top of the agenda.  Providing access to more affordable education across Africa and creating jobs - yes, very much so - but trying to address very painful issues of child poverty, exploitation and basic human rights for minors - no, there are much more capable people and organisations out there for that…aren’t there? 
 

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CEO Column: Child participation is the only way forward

CEO Column: Child participation is the only way forward

The girl sat with her back to the audience. In a heavy peach-coloured jacket, eyes closed, with a microphone in her hand. And she spoke of life in the township where she lives, of fear and inequality. It was a powerful message that fixed the attention of everyone in the room.
 

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CEO Column: The Ban on Corporal Punishment in the Home

CEO Column: The Ban on Corporal Punishment in the Home

One day, not too long ago, a Johannesburg father came home to find his son watching pornography on TV. The father flew into a fit of rage, and beat his son so badly that he ended up in hospital. The case went to court, where the father argued that his actions should be considered as “reasonable chastisement”, which was permitted then under the Children’s Act.
 

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CEO Column: The Rights of Children on the Move

CEO Column: The Rights of Children on the Move

I once lived on the border between Namibia and Angola. It is a flat, dry and beautiful place, with very few people. The border itself doesn’t really exist in places (there is no wall or river), so you can walk through the bush and cross into another country without realising it.
 

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