Luleki Sizwe

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Luleki Sizwe ~ Supporting Victims of ‘CORRECTIVE RAPE’ in South Africa’s townships



OUR OBJECTIVES:

  • To change the existing negative perception about lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual (LBT) women in our society
  • To support and reach out to lesbians who have been forced from their homes due to their sexual orientation and HIV status
  • To educate and empower lesbians about issues such as safe sex, healthy living, health programmes, sport, media, arts/culture and human rights
  • To raise awareness on social issues e.g. rape, sexual assault, discrimination
  • To celebrate young and older lesbians through arts, drama and other forms of expression
  • To fundraise for different programs
  • To create awareness around LBT human rights at a professional and social level

OUR ACTIVITIES:

  • Providing a safe house and medical care for recent victims of “corrective rape”
  • Cooking and distributing healthy meals for victims of rape and their families
  • Distributing donated goods such as bedding and toiletries
  • Educational programmes and computer classes
  • Campaigning and advocating (see news section)
  • Sports teams for friendship, support, solidarity and fun!2 soccer teams and 1 rugby team
  • Cultural activities and trips
  • Assisting across all local groups including the elderly and HIV charities

South Africa guarantees the rights of gay and lesbian people, including the right to same-sex marriages

BUT

Hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation are not recognised by South African law

  • At least 31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality in the last 10 years
  • More than 10 lesbians a week are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone
  • South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world
  • 150 women are raped every day in South Africa
  • For every 25 men accused of rape in South Africa, 24 walk free