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GETNET runner up in the Gender Organisational Category

The Human Rights and Democracy Awards 2002

The Human Rights and Democracy Awards is a joint undertaking by the South African Human Rights Commission, the Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) and should be seen as the fulfilment of their constitutional and statutory mandates.

The objective of the Awards is to encourage individuals and institutions to support initiatives that promote and protect human rights, gender equality and democracy in South Africa; to ensure public acknowledgement for the outstanding contributions by such individuals and /or institutions; to raise awareness around issues of gender and human rights and to contribute to the building of democracy in our country.

The Human Rights and Democracy Awards are intended to award persons and/or institutions that have made an outstanding contribution towards the development of a culture of human rights and democracy in the Republic.

The Awards will showcase the work done by human rights activists, especially those unsung and unheard of heroes and heroines who work tirelessly to make a difference in the establishment of a human rights culture in society.

Through the awards, we seek to create a pool of role models who will inspire other individuals and institutions to aspire towards similar achievements and to continue to make a major contribution to the promotion of human rights, gender equality and democracy in our country.

Background to the awards

The South African Human Rights Commission took over the Duma Nokwe Human Rights Awards project from the National Institute for Public Interest Law & Research (NIPILAR) in mid 2001. The Duma Nokwe Human Rights Award was instituted by the NIPILAR in 1996 to honour Dumalisile Pearce Phillimon Nokwe, also fondly known as Duma.

The categories for 2002 are:

Electoral Democracy: The Awards will be presented to an individual and an organisation/institution that have contributed in exceptional ways to supporting electoral processes and entrenching constitutional democracy.

Gender Equality: The Awards will be presented to an individual and an organisation/institution that have promoted and protected the attainment of gender equality.

Human Rights: The Awards will be presented to an individual and an organisation/institution that have demonstrated a commitment to fostering a culture of human rights in South Africa.

Duma Nokwe Award: The Awards will be presented to an individual and an organisation/institution that have contributed to the advancement of human rights through the practice of law.

Winners of the Gender Organisational Category

Winner ~ Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT)

Runner-up ~ Gender Education and Training Network (GETNET)

GETNET was established in 1995 as an independent, non-profit, membership based organisation in the South African NGO sector. It is the first organisation in SA to develop a pool of skilled gender trainers and to offer gender training for transformation. Its services contribute to addressing the vast need for skills, expertise, and capacity to effect gender sensitive policies, practices and cultures within institutions and organisation

 

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