The Black Sash Trust is a 66 year old veteran human rights organisation advocating for social justice in South Africa.
Our mission is to work towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution, with emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable, to reduce poverty and inequality. We believe the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent, and accountable governance (state, corporate, and civil society). Read more...
We currently implement three programmes, namely:
"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanise them." -- Nelson Mandela
Applications for the 2022 Dullah Omar School for Paralegalism is now open!
DATE: 13 - 18 March 2022
THEME: Poverty, Patriarchy & Pandemics - A sector’s response
Closing date: 30 Sept 2021
Unemployment, poverty and inequality have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. This crisis is not temporary and a more extensive social security programme is needed to complement job creation programmes.
Government is constitutionally obligated under Section 27 of the Constitution to progressively realise the right to social assistance for those unable to support themselves. Government also ratified the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This human rights Covenant recommended that government ensures that “those between the ages of 18 and 59 with little or no income have access to social assistance” and consider a universal basic income grant for everyone.
The Black Sash demands that government: