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WOMEN`S DAY SEMINAR: NEW APPROACHES TO COMBATING SEXUAL OFFENCES: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? Friday, 8 August
Date: 8 August 2003 - 1 January 1970

WOMEN`S DAY SEMINAR: NEW APPROACHES TO COMBATING SEXUAL OFFENCES: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

Friday, 8 Augustus 2003

 
Presented by the
CRIME AND JUSTICE PROGRAMME
 

[Presentation: Anton du Plessis] [Presentation: Joan van Niekerk] [Presentation: Taya Weiss]


All government departments have been mandated by the President to prioritise the rights of women and children. However, our sexual offences laws are archaic and outdated, and in dire need of transformation. The South African Law Commission has completed the final draft of a new sexual offences Bill that will come into effect shortly. The Bill proposes many progressive changes that will impact significantly on police, prosecutors, social workers, NGO’s and health professionals. This seminar will highlight the major changes introduced by the new Sexual Offences Bill, as well as recommendations relating to implementation and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
 
Protecting women and children has also become a regional priority. In the absence of harmonised regional sexual offences laws, the training committee of the Southern African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation recently approved a standardised regional training package on Policing Violence Against Women and Children. The course is aimed at police officers from all 12 member countries, as well as other role-players. The SARPCCO training manual will be launched at the seminar, with some discussion on the rationale of developing regional training packagess in isolation of a common legislative framework.
 
Chairperson: Adv. Thoko Majokweni, Special Director of Public Prosecutions: Sexual Offences & Community Affairs Unit, National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa,
Anton Du Plessis, Head of the Crime and Justice Programme, will discuss the legal ramifications of the Bill.
Joan Van Niekerk, National Director of Childline South Africa and team leader of the SALC Sexual Offences Bill committee will highlight the challenges of implementation, and
Taya Weiss, Consultant to the Training for Peace Programme and editor of the SARPCCO Manual, will discuss the merits of this regional initiative in terms of process, product, problems and prospects.
Date: Friday 8 August 2003
Time: 10h30 – 12:30 (light lunch served afterwards)
Venue: ISS, Brooklyn Court, Block C, Veale Street, Pretoria (map)
Parking at Brooklyn Mall or ABSA Court
RSVP: bilkis@iss.org.za or Tel: (012) 346 9500 or fax: (012) 460-0997
 
This seminar is made possible by the generous funding of the Hans Seidel Foundation, Ford Foundation, US Embassy, USAID & the Training for Peace Programme of the Royal Norwegian Government.
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