|Title:||Grace Ngema, KZN|
Grace Ngema, coordinator for Justice And Women (JAW) NGO in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal, S Africa.
One of a series of photographs of Human Rights Activists who live and work in South Africa. They are all grassroots activists working in their local communities. These are the people who are at the sharp end of human rights developments, who sacrifice most to be activists, and know what they’re talking about. Each Activist was asked three questions related to the improvements in Human Rights since democracy / democratic elections first took place in 1994 post apartheid.
They were each asked:
What do you think is the most important improvement in human rights since 1994?
What is your main concern about human rights today?
If you could ask the government to do one thing, what would it be?
4. GRACE NGEMA, COMMUNITY AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST, NJOMELWANE VILLAGE, KwaZulu-Natal
Grace is also a coordinator for the NGO Justice And Woman (JAW) based in Melmoth, KZN
I became an activist…
… because of my history. Many bad things happen to women in rural communities. There is a lot of gender-based violence, and even the work we do is not valued. I wanted to work with these women and make them visible and their lives easier.
The greatest improvement in human rights since 1994…
Women have access to antiretroviral drugs [for HIV], although there are still shortages.
My main concern now is…
Democracy hasn’t changed women’s lives. They still experience problems accessing health services, and can’t get jobs. The maternal health situation is very bad, and women experience violence at health facilities. Government and government departments do not respect women’s rights.
I want the government to…
Consider women as people. Some people enjoy privileges now, but not rural women. We should have equal rights to other communities. We still have no running water, proper roads, electricity or homes. They call it democracy but we have none of these things.
AFRICA/SOUTHERN AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA
OCCUPATIONS: HEALTH WORKERS
SUBJECTS: WOMEN, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
|Tags:||AI Image Bank - Solution, South Africa Activists Slideshow - June 2014AI Image Bank - Solution,|
|Copyright Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International|
|Date Photo or Video Created:||23/01/2014 00:00|
|Place Created:||SOUTH AFRICA|
|Size:||2.95 MB; 4000 x 3000 pixels; 339 x 254 mm (print at 300 DPI); 1058 x 794 mm (screen at 96 DPI);|