“I am currently involved in a project on gender-based violence and the war in Ukraine,” said Ganna Gerasymenko, from the Institute for Demography and Social Studies, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. “There has been a huge increase in incidence. It may take years, maybe decades, for things to settle down once the war is over.” She was talking just before presenting her paper on ‘Gender aspects of Income Inequality: a case of Ukraine’ at the World Social Sciences Forum on 13 September at the International Convention Centre, Durban. A patriarchal society which was weakened during the Soviet years has reasserted itself starkly, Gerasymenko, a demographer whose job is to provide useable aggregation of data and analysis for policy makers and ministers in her country, said. The inequality between men and women is glaring in the graphs she presented: women on average earn 75% of what men earn in the Ukraine and they are at greater risk of poverty. There’s a ‘gender segregation’ in occupations both horizontally and vertically – that is, some occupations are clearly dominated by women, while the higher echelons of status, such as managers and CEOs, are male-dominated. Interestingly, the stereotypes that underpin this state of affairs are well established: Gerasymenko noted that, when asked if women should be prepared to cut down on her paid work for the sake of her family, 17.8% of Ukrainian women agree – nearly three times higher than British women at 6% and way higher than Danish women at just 1.9%. The sharp swing from a Soviet sensibility in which all women had to hold jobs and equality was a policy goal, said Gerasymenko, may have been a reaction to this austere ideological approach – when the USSR crumbled, women sought to reclaim their traditional ‘feminine’ roles. This led to a rebound of the darker side of tradition: patriarchal stereotypes which, ultimately, has resulted in greater poverty for Ukraine’s women – and the gender-based violence which . . .
Four international science organisations took the stage at the first day of the World Social Science Forum 2015 in Durban to proclaim the 2016 International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU). The International Social Science Council, International Council for Science, International Geographical Union and International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, together with UNESCO launched the IYGU as a platform and tool to draw attention to the connections between global conditions and local actions and to encourage international action as a direct answer to concerns of global importance. Professor Benno Werlen of Germany,Executive Director of the IYGU,opened the session with a look at the overall objective and roadmap for 2016 IYGU. His remarks defined the mandate of the organisation: The scientific community has to prepare scientific knowledge that is easily accessible for use by everyone in daily living. Professor Werlen further explained that, “the IYGU will act to bridge social and natural sciences, to understand how local and global is interconnected, and to move from knowing about sustainability to living sustainably.” The declaration of 2016 IYGU was further supported and presented by ISSC President Professor Alberto Martinelli, ICSU Executive Director Dr Heide Hackmann and CIPSH’s Professor Luiz Oosterbeek. Professor Martinelli further emphasised the significance of 2016 IYGU saying that, “If we want to reach global sustainability, we need to take into account cultural differences, and we need to find adapted ways of living that better accord with natural conditions. Every action is socially and culturally embedded. Local traditions have a global impact.” His address was followed by the declaration of fostering great partnership and relations through the IYGU by ICSU’s Dr Hackmaan who said this platform allows scientific voices to be represented across the world. Professor Oosterbeek concluded the declaration by answering why the . . .
Ten percent of South Africa’s population gets 80 percent of the country’s income –we know that thanks to researchers in non-governmental organisations such as Oxfam, said Judge Navi Pillay. Such knowledge is empowering for civil society and policy makers as they address issues of inequality and injustice. Judge Pillay was speaking at the World Social Sciences Forum on 13 September at the International Convention Centre, Durban. Pillay,first black woman judge of the High Court of South Africa, and High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014, this year became the 16th Commissioner of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. Science and grassroots researchers have a critical role to play in informing policy and shaping the response of countries and governments to events. “When a crisis comes along, governments look to social scientists for the Why,” said Pillay. The social sciences have a keener eye to the realities of most societies than their governments do – Pillay pointed out that when, as High Commissioner for Human Rights, she visited countries, it was like seeing “two worlds”: a flourishing world as seen by the government, and the real world as experienced by many citizens and observed by scientists and researchers working at the local level. Pillay spoke on a panel chaired by Nick Perkins, director of SciDev, alongside development economist Professor Thandika Mkandawire, who is based at the London School of Economics where he holds the chair in African Development. African countries, social sciences have no formal support from their governments. Mkandawire made a call for social sciences to be empowered by funding, resources and support – with no strings attached. “Science serves society better when it is focused on seeking to understand society,” he said. If it is commissioned for short-term instrumental purposes tends to be of less value. “Social sciences can cast light on things – but it can also mystify.” For more . . .
In May, Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko announced that Public Order Police (POP) had been called out to some 14,740 incidents related to service delivery protests over 2014/2015, more than double the 7,209 they had to contend with in 2007/2008. Dr Carin Runciman from the University of Johannesburg told delegates that research she carried out in collaboration with Professor Peter Alexander and Boitumelo Maruping, painted a very different picture. She demonstrated that at least half of these incidents were not protests at all, despite the impression created by the Minister. Scouring the SAPS’s Incident Registration Information System (IRIS) – only recently made available – Runciman and her colleagues learnt that a high proportion of the incidents recorded in IRIS were in fact recreational, religious and cultural events. They suggest that the confusion around incidents and protests was created to wring more funding from the state coffers. Where evidence of protest could be found,the results highlighted that theseare not limited to urban areas, notwithstanding the picture painted in the media. But while proposing ways that IRIS can be refined, the researchers confirmed that the number of protests are rising in South Africa. “We argue that rising inequality and its impact on the quality of post-apartheid democracy is a key underlying cause of protest,” says Runciman. “This is unsurprising given that a recent report by Stats SA noted that more than half the population (54%) live on less than R779 per person per month.” For more information about WSSF, go to http://www.wssf2015.org/ Author: Sarah Van Der Ahee from Hippo Communications. More Info link: http://www.wssf2015.org/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Ivan Zartz’s experience in cases involving Parental Alienation Syndrome has prompted the South African YOU magazine to seek Ivan Zartz’s consultation regarding an article pertaining to the subject. Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is the unfortunate occurrence whereby children are estranged from one parent through conditions instigated by the other parent. This often involves measures like that of brainwashing or by false accusations leveled at the other parent. When asked about PAS, Zartz remarked that cases of PAS are definitely on the increase in South Africa. Other attorneys in the article stated that PAS seems to be instigated as much as twice in every five divorce and custody cases. There are many ways in which PAS is incited. Some parents go as far as falsely accusing their counterparts of abusing their children, physically and sexually. Sometimes all it takes is for a parent to continually vilify the other parent in front of the children. Warning signs of PAS include odd behavior from children. They may be hostile toward one parent, or they may use vocabulary that they are unlikely to use and can only have heard such terms from the other parent. Parents must also remember to never discuss details of divorce in front of children unless it is a measure of family mediation. The article highlighted a recent case in the United States whereby a mother had managed to alienate her children from the father to such a degree that the children became loath to even sitting and having lunch with their father. The judge made the controversial decision of taking the children out of the situation and placing them in a juvenile detention center whereby they could receive professional help. There are ways and measures of avoiding and dealing with cases of PAS. Make sure that you look for warning signs of PAS or ensure that you do not incite PAS because it is likely that courts will deal more severely with such cases. For any legal assistance or representation . . .
PA TO NED OF CHILD WELFARE SA ATTACKED AND ROBBED Is there truly anything to celebrate in women’s month when violence against women continues unabated? Ms Phindi Shosa, PA to the National Executive Director of Child Welfare SA was attacked, assaulted and robbed on Friday evening by three young men. Her crime? A woman walking home from work on a Friday evening. CWSA will not allow Ms Shosa to simply become another statistic in the data base on Violence against Women and Children in South Africa. It is time that Civil Society and government moved from data assessment to the vigorous implementation of the National Action Plan on Violence against Women and Children. In order to do this Civil Society Organisations must mobilise civil society to join hands in partnership with Government to stop talking the talk and start walking the talk on putting an end to violence against women and children. Government cannot make a difference on their own but in partnership with civil society we can stop violence against women and children. In July 2014 UNICEF South Africa and the South African Department of Social Development launched the End Violence Against Children Campaign in order to provide traction for the country as a whole to challenge and end acts of violence against children. The NED and President of Child Welfare SA, as the largest non-government organisation committed to the protection of children, commit their organisation to join hands and partner with Government in implementing the National Action Plan to fight Violence Against Women And Children. As Women’s Month comes to a close we, as CWSA, call upon Government to prioritise the work of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Violence Against Women and Children established in 2012 by the leadership of the South African Government as an expression of its commitment to tackle this national issue by elevating it to Cabinet level. We ask that its deliberations be placed under the leadership of Deputy President . . .
JOHANNESBURG—Jehovah’s Witnesses will soon hold their annual multi-lingual conventions in Johannesburg. They extend an open invitation for all to attend. The theme of this year’s programme is “Imitate Jesus!” The second of two three-day events to be held in Johannesburg will begin on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 9:00 ending on Sunday, August 30 at 15:45. There will be separate sessions in English, French and Sesotho. “Jesus, the founder of Christianity, is widely considered as one of the most influential and significant men who ever lived. As Christians, a core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus lived his life as a model for us to follow. The “Imitate Jesus!” conventions will examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasize how all - regardless of their background, lifestyle, or religion - can benefit in practical ways from his example and teachings. A highlight of the program will be the keynote address on Friday morning, entitled “Concealed in Him Are All the Treasures of Wisdom.” says convention spokesman Paul Motloung. Starting last weekend, and continuing for the next couple of weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses extend personal invitations and distribute printed invitations to everyone from Central Johannesburg, the East Rand and Vaal Triangle to attend the convention. There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations. An estimated 65 000 will come to the Johannesburg Expo Centre for the Bible-based programmes. Jehovah’s Witnesses in South Africa plan to host 52 conventions in 16 languages in 20 cities and towns. Worldwide, there are over 8,000,000 Witnesses in more than 115,000 congregations. Author: Paul Motloung More Info link: http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions/ Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact . Imitate Jesus! 2015 Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s the month for honouring the achievements of women – and women with disabilities. Lakeside, Muizenberg resident and Casual Day ambassador Lois Strachan has been selected as one of the extraordinary women with disabilities that will be honoured at the three-day Tributes Excellence Awards event to be held in Mangaung from 26 to 28 August 2015. She will receive the Tributes statuette in the Literature/Education Category, says Musa Zulu, creative director of Valhalla Arts, the organiser of these national awards. Lois is a well-known personality on the speaking circuit and has written a series of children's books, “The Adventures of Missy Mouse”, about a blind mouse who uses her other senses to engage with the world around her. Lois became blind at the age of 21, as a result of childhood onset diabetes. She used her love of music to help her cope with her blindness and is now an inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and author. She says: “When I became blind I realized I had a choice – I could go home and give up, be angry and depressed for the rest of my life, or I could go out there and see what life still had to offer me as a blind person.” Lois uses her personal story to help audiences see their lives, and their challenges in a slightly different way, and show them they can use their strengths to guide them through their challenges to success. Passionate about raising awareness of the capabilities of persons living with a disability, Lois aims to demonstrate to organisations that employing someone who is differently-abled need not be either costly or difficult. Lois is an advocate for communication and leadership development, and has served as District Director of Toastmasters International, Southern Africa. On being awarded a Tributes Excellence Award, Lois says, “It’s a real honour for me to have been recognised in this way. My hope is that I will be able to use this award to touch the lives of others living with a disability to empower them . . .
Following in the steps of their California operation private investigation agency Rick Crouch & Associates are expanding their social responsibility program. The companies social responsibility program allows for a certain number of investigation cases to be classified as pro bono for indigent clients. "The indigent also need investigation support in their criminal cases, we will work with their court appointed attorneys to ensure that they receive a fair trial and that the police did in fact arrest the right person. There are only a limited number of pro bono slots available so there is a strict criteria to ensure on a sliding scale what the client will pay which could be as little as zero" said Rick Crouch. "To often we hear about the wrong person being convicted or 'over charged' simply because they do not have the money to mount their own investigation. We have been very successful in the past in proving the wrong person was either convicted or arrested in a 'rush to judgement' by the authorities. We are supposed to be equal under the law but the unfortunate truth is that we are only as equal as the amount of money we have to mount a defence" added Crouch. Rick Crouch & Associates is a private investigation company with offices in California and Durban, they handle a wide range of cases from criminal and civil to divorce and cold cases to name a few. Author: Rick Crouch from Rick Crouch & Associates. More Info link: http://www.rickcrouch.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickcrouchassoc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rickcrouch.associates Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact Rick Crouch & Associates. Private Investigator Rick Crouch Photo: Michelle Mills CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fancourt's heart-warming annual corporate social investment project, ‘Knitting for Charity’ will be keeping senior citizens warm this winter at two Community Centres near George, the Pacaltsdorp Community Service Centre and the Masizakhe Community Service Centre in Thembalethu. On Monday 20 July the Fancourt team paid a visit to the two community centres and spent a morning with the senior citizens, handing out the 52 beautifully wrapped blankets, just in time for another predicted cold front. This is the second year that Fancourt’s hotel guests and the community were invited to give their time to knit blanket squares during the winter months. Knitting kits were made available to guests and Fancourt members and staff did their bit too and contributed to the success of the blanket drive this year. All in all, over 500 squares were knitted to make up the winter woollies. Fancourt CEO George Davidson thanked the teachers at George Pre-primary and Crèche in particular, who knitted over 300 squares between them towards the blanket drive. All wool and needles were donated by Needle Nook and The Wool Studio in George. The George High School also contributed to the squares, providing their own wool. In addition to its own community projects such as this, Fancourt, who is celebrating its 21st birthday this year, works closely with George Child and Family Welfare, supporting the NPO’s efforts to uplift disadvantaged communities in the Southern Cape through various successful, long-term community outreach projects. @FANCOURTSA @FiveStarPRZA FANCOURT Tel: +27 44 804 0000 Email: email@example.com www.fancourt.com Follow on @FANCOURTSA Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Fancourt.SA Author: FIVESTAR PR FIVESTAR PR from FIVESTAR PR. More Info link: http://www.fancourt.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/fivestarprza Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact FIVESTAR PR. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .