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BLACK SASH MEDIA INVITE - Addressing Poverty and Inequality through International Law - 23 September 2009


“Addressing Poverty and Inequality through International Law”

On the eve of the signing ceremony for the Optional Protocol to the ‘International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ in New York, the South African Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with the Campaign for the Ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), invites you to attend a seminar event.

The event will bring together community leaders, civil society, Parliamentarians, media and other stakeholders to raise awareness about South Africa’s failure to ratify the ICESCR, and to reflect on South Africa’s track-record in fulfilling its international obligations.

Speakers include Jennifer Williams (Women’s Legal Centre), Elroy Paulus (Black Sash) and Samantha Waterhouse (RAPCAN).


Date:               Wednesday, September 23rd 2009

Venue:            Human Sciences Research Council, 12th floor, Plein Park Building 

69-83 Plein Street, Cape Town

Time:              09h00 – 14h00

RSVP:           Sibo Tula on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information or interview requests, please contact:

Sarah Nicklin

Black Sash Media Officer

073-150 9525

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Useful Links:

Read more about the ICESCR and our campaign

What is the ICESCR and what rights does it protect?

Why South Africa should ratify the ICESCR now?



SANGOCO Western Cape (on behalf of the Western Cape Provincial 'Right to Health' task team)  

Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Khayelitsha

Community Development Resource Association (CDRA)

Foundation for Human Rights

Global Water Foundation

Johannesburg Child Welfare Society

National Council of Women of South Africa

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty)

SAFIHRO(South African First Indigenous and Human Rights Organization)

South African Council of Churches

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

Treatment Action Campaign

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre

Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students (UTRS)

University of Cape Town School of Public Health

Woman National Coalition

Amnesty International South Africa