Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day in South Africa is marked on 21 March, commemorating when 69 people died and 180 people were wounded when police fired on a crowd protesting against pass laws in Sharpeville in 1960. On this date South Africans are reminded of their rights, and the sacrifices made to entrench those rights. South Africa’s Bill of Rights is found in chapter 2 of the Constitution.
For a copy of the Constitution: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/constitution/saconstitution-web-eng.pdf
COMMENT FROM INYATHELO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NAZEEMA MOHAMED
The vision of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement, is a vibrant democracy in South Africa with a robust and sustainable civil society and higher education sector.
Sadly, for many citizens, every day is a struggle with non-delivery of rights to water and food, healthcare, proper housing and decent education. On Human Rights Day we urge government to work towards the practical realisation of the promises made in our constitution.
Inyathelo also applauds the ongoing work of numerous non-profit and social justice organisations, to broaden access to basic services and improve education. There are also many selfless citizens who instil hope and help to create safer and more resilient communities, despite having very few resources and marginal social status.
Inyathelo reminds not-for-profit organisations of its support facilities geared to help grow sustainable organisations and institutions. Its Civil Society Sustainability Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town offers workshops, training and advisory clinic sessions, and has a collection of over 2000 books, publications, DVDs, manuals, toolkits, magazines and directories. It also offers attractive, affordable work spaces.
To find out more about Inyathelo: http://www.inyathelo.org.za | 021 465 6981 | Second floor, The Armoury, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.