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Statement calling for decriminalisation of ‘sex work’ by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Social Development, Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu Irresponsible

The Honourable Deputy Minister of Social Development, Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu was quoted in several media reports as having made a policy pronouncement calling for the “decriminalisation of sex work”. The ANC and the Government do not have a policy on the “decriminalisation of sex work.” It is irresponsible for ANC representatives…...

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Embrace Dignity proposes a coherent, rational solution to a fatal flaw in the Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide

This op-Ed was written by our Founder Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge There is a fatal flaw in the proposed National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide released by the government in May 2020. The flaw is the implied recommendation for the decriminalisation of “sex work”, which we prefer to call…...

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Embrace Dignity applauds UN Women progressive statement with regards to prostitution

Embrace Dignity is delighted by the most recent and progressive statement made on the 10thJuly 2020 by Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which supports our abolitionist position and long held view that prostituted persons are victims of gender based violence.   She further viewed…...

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“I support the Abolitionist Equality Law because I don’t want to end up dead in a ditch” by Mampho

The article is part of our Kwanele Survivor Speak series where Kwanele survivor movement members share their lived experience of violence and exploitation in the system of prostitution.  My name is Mampho I am 25 years old from Free State. I am a second born at home. I have three…...

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Our 2020 achievements to date

In the first half of the year, Embrace Dignity has been involved in a range of activities and have reached a number of milestones as well. EMBRACE DIGNITY ATTENDANCE AT KEY STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENTS Embrace Dignity has attended and participated in the following key strategic engagements: A webinar on Cross-Linkages between…...

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Message from our Executive Director

Embrace Dignity, like many other NGOs, currently finds itself in the middle of a worldwide health crisis that requires organisations to manage change and also draw on hope and the opportunities that has been unveiled by this crisis.  When we started the year, we had no idea of the looming…...

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Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

When the nationwide lockdown, due to the COVID19 pandemic, was announced and declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 March 2020, Embrace Dignity (ED) was forced to close its offices to adhere to the lockdown regulations. As a result, this affected ED’s operations and required ED staff to start working…...

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Responding to EFF MP Naledi Chirwa’s “sex work is work” statement By Babalwa Puthumo

I am a survivor of the system of prostitution and I know for sure that the system of prostitution is a form of gender-based violence. The sexual violence and abuse I experienced are the reasons that I will never see prostitution as real work but rather as a means of…...

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“None of us grew up dreaming of becoming sex slaves” by Hildah Nompy Tlou

I am Hildah Nompy Tlou and I’m 36 years old. I was born in Witbank, Mpumalanga but I’m currently based in Mbombela. I am a Founder and Director of Impumelelo Yethu Foundation, a women’s empowerment initiative. Due to poverty, lack of education and unemployment I was introduced to prostitution by…...

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Support the abolition of prostitution in Africa

Embrace Dignity launched the Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution (CAPA) charter last year during the Kwanele Survivor Movement public forum. The purpose of the charter is to build a Pan African network that advocates for laws and policies based on the following abolitionist core principles which are: Decriminalising prostituted…...

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