As a research, policy and dialogue NGO, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) is at the forefront of national, regional and international consensus building. Part of our work involves going to communities and raise awareness of gender issues and the fight against gender-based violence.
Recently in Soshanguve, SALO provided a safe space where young people shared their experiences of being part of the LGBTQI community. While South Africa can be a difficult place for LGBTQI people, it was inspiring to see young teenagers take pride in who they were and the passion they had in fighting the good fight
Human Rights Day is a day for celebration, as well as solemn reflection. South Africa’s Bill of Rights is world-renowned for its inclusive protection of Human Rights, making SA one of the first countries in history to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
SA’s Bill of Rights: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth”
As we know, SA’s past was characterised by institutionalised Human Rights abuse. Human Rights Day presents an opportunity for us to solemnly reflect on the suffering of millions of South Africans at the hands of the Apartheid regime, and to appreciate the immense sacrifice and bravery of those who struggled to secure the rights and freedoms enshrined today.
Venue: Leslie Social Science 2B, Upper campus, UCT
Program Director: Esihle Madyibi, SRC Social Responsiveness Co-ordinator
17H30 – 18H00: registration & refreshments
18H00 – 18H45: Presentations from panel
Opening Remarks: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO Deputy Manager
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
• Robin Lee Tobias: Chairperson, Rainbow UCT
• Simamkele Gosa: Executive member, Students for Law and Social Justice UCT
18H45 – 19H55: Open discussion
Thanks and closure: Lwazi Somya, SALO volunteer
SALO would like to thank
the Embassy of the Republic of
Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy
engagement at Ruabohahale school. Talking about #racism, #xenophobia , #gbv and #LGBTQIA issues in south Africa engaging with young people and
community activists. Thanks so much to @IrlEmbPretoria for their support – 21 Feb 2019
Keynote Speaker: Deputy Minister, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Luwellyn Landers
DATE: Friday 22nd February 2019
TIME: (09H30 registration) 10H00-11H45 followed by a finger lunch
VENUE: Parliament Imbizo Centre, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), through the branch of Public Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) hosted a public lecture on the 22nd of February 2019 in Cape Town.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers conducted a public lecture in Cape Town as part of his mandate to consult the populace in the decision making and implementation of the departmental programmes, aimed at publicising and enhancing dialogue about the country’s foreign policy objectives.
The Deputy Minister engaged Think Tanks / Academics / Students / Opinion Makers / International Relations Practitioners on the role of South Africa as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The event served as a key platform for the Deputy Minister to elaborate on the country’s key priorities during the two-year term at the UN Security Council. The platform was not only used to educate stakeholders about diplomacy and South Africa’s foreign policy objectives, but also emphasise the role that the African Union (AU) plays in the maintenance of peace and security globally.
Arrival and registration
Programme Director: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO
Welcome address and introductions
Athenkosi Thoba, SALO
Travel Smart presentation
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers
Vote of thanks and closure
Amb Liam MacGabhann, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to South Africa