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Obituary: Lucrecia Seafield (1961 – 2017) - December 31, 2018

Lucrecia Seafield was a highly regarded and accomplished human rights lawyer with a track record of having worked with the marginalised and vulnerable through the different periods of her career.

Democracy Challenged – South Africa’s Largest Attitudinal Survey on the Constitution - April 5, 2018

On 26 March 2018, the Foundation for Human Rights launched South Africa’s largest attitudinal survey on the Constitution on 26 March 2018 at the Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Land redistribution – women must grab the moment - April 4, 2018

Amid all the noise and analysis about last month’s vote confirming a policy of land expropriation without compensation, very little has been said about women

FHR Salutary Tribute on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - April 3, 2018

The Foundation for Human Rights joins the nation in expressing its condolences to the family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on her passing

Our democracy is not working – but the Constitution is important - report - March 26, 2018

Six out of every 10 South Africans are dissatisfied with our democracy. This is the finding of a major survey of almost 25 000 diverse South Africans conducted by the FHR, which is to be released on 26 March 2018 in Johannesburg

Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan - February 23, 2018

On 23 February 2018, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has released the report which gives an overview of the developments of the human rights situation in South Sudan.

UN Human Rights Group to Release Report on South Sudan - February 21, 2018

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will release its report on Friday, 23 February 2018

Invitation for Nomination of Candidate for Appointment to the Equality Review Committee - February 20, 2018

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv T.M Masutha, MP, invites institutions, civil society organisations and individuals to nominate two (2) candidates for appointment to serve in the ERC in terms of section 32(d) and (e) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000

Sampie Terreblanche: Afrikaner Political Economist who Spoke Truth to Power to Both the NP and ANC - February 20, 2018

To sum up Sampie Terreblanche simply as a ‘maverick’ intellectual would perhaps be unfair

World Loses a 'Human Rights Giant,' Says UN Chief on Death of Rights Expert Asma Jahangir - February 12, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has expressed his sorrow at the demise of prominent human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur, Asma Jahangir, who passed away at the age of 66

People’s Tribunal Releases Preliminary Findings - February 9, 2018

Following five days of hearings the five-member panel of the first Peoples’ Tribunal on Economic Crime released their preliminary findings

Joint General Comment of the ACHPR and the ACERWC on Ending Child Marriage - February 2, 2018

The aim of this Joint General Comment is to elaborate on the nature of State Party obligations that arise from Article 6(b) of the Maputo Protocol and Article 21(2) the African Children’s Charter, both of which prohibit child marriage, this Joint General Comment describes legislative, institutional and other measures that should be taken by States Parties to give effect to the prohibition and to protect the rights of those at risk or affected by child marriage.

People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime Set to Challenge the Powerful - January 31, 2018

The People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa will open its first hearings this Saturday, 3 February 2018, at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg

New Minimum Wage for Farm Workers Entrenches Improvement - January 30, 2018

The Commercial Stevedore Agricultural and Allied Workers Union is deeply disappointed at the new minimum wage increase for farm workers

Symposium Celebrates the Life and Work of Terreblanche - January 30, 2018

The Foundation for Human Rights Executive Director, Yasmin Sooka, speaking at a symposium organised by the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, and Development Studies, to celebrate the life and work of economist, Sampie Terreblanche.

Statement on the Assault, Kidnapping and Murder of Noluvo Swlindawo - January 26, 2018

The Foundation for Human Rights notes the conviction in the Western Cape High Court on the assault, kidnapping and murder of Noluvo Swelindawo, a lesbian, by Sigcine Mdani

Year-End Message... - January 3, 2018

The Foundation for Human Rights would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful festive season.

Global Launch of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall - December 14, 2017

On 7 December 2017, the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice hosted the global launch of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall (Legacy Wall) which celebrates and honours some of the women and men who have contributed to advances in the gender justice field over the past 125 years.

Court Judgments on Important Constitutional Issues - December 14, 2017

The Foundation for Human Rights would like to bring to your attention the recent court judgments in relation to important Constitutional issues in South Africa. The judgments are listed below.

World Inequality Report for 2018 - December 14, 2017

The World Inequality Lab, an organisation that promotes research on global inequality dynamics, has released the World Inequality Report for 2018.

Call for Proposal Archives

Call for Technical Experts - March 20, 2017

Further Development of the National Action Plan (NAP) and Finalisation of the Implementation Plan for the NAP.

Capacity Building Youth Active Citizenry Consultation - March 15, 2017

Call for proposals / concept notes for consultants to conduct a capacity building youth active citizenry consultation and survey

Call for proposals: Field-work service providers - June 15, 2016

Call for proposals for field-work service providers for a National SEJA Baseline Survey.

Call for proposals: Advice Offices - May 9, 2016

The goals of the AMARIGHTZA programme are to facilitate the realisation of socio-economic rights for vulnerable and marginalized groups, the strengthening of civil society organisations and to build sector coordination in the social justice sector. This programme is funded by the European Union under Sector Budget Support.

Call for proposals: Human Rights Awareness - May 9, 2016

One of the main objectives of the SEJA programme is to contribute towards the promotion, protection and realisation of socio economic rights. This call will support programmes aimed at creating awareness of socio economic rights. While recognizing that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent, socio-economic rights are particularly important in the South African context of widespread poverty and inequality.

Terms of reference: Socio-economic Justice for All - March 9, 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights wishes to engage the services of researchers working with civil society organisations to create a composite active citizenry index measuring the levels of participation of members of the vulnerable and marginalised groups in South Africa.

Community Mapping and Active Citizenry - January 17, 2016

The project locates its implementation within the Socio-Economic Justice for All programme (SEJA) of the Foundation for Human Rights.

Advice Offices: Call for Proposals - November 19, 2015

The goals of the AMARIGHTZA programme are to facilitate the realisation of socio-economic rights for vulnerable and marginalized groups, the strengthening of civil society organisations and to build sector coordination in the social justice sector. This programme is funded by the European Union under Sector Budget Support.

Human Rights Awareness - Call for proposals - November 19, 2015

One of the main objectives of the SEJA programme is to contribute towards the promotion, protection and realisation of socio economic rights. This call will support programmes aimed at creating awareness of socio economic rights. While recognizing that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent, socio-economic rights are particularly important in the South African context of widespread poverty and inequality.

Advice Offices: Call for Proposals - November 18, 2015

The goals of the AMARIGHTZA programme are to facilitate the realisation of socio-economic rights for vulnerable and marginalized groups, the strengthening of civil society organisations and to build sector coordination in the social justice sector. This programme is funded by the European Union under Sector Budget Support.

Human Rights Awareness - Call for proposals - November 18, 2015

One of the main objectives of the SEJA programme is to contribute towards the promotion, protection and realisation of socio economic rights. This call will support programmes aimed at creating awareness of socio economic rights. While recognizing that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent, socio-economic rights are particularly important in the South African context of widespread poverty and inequality.

Global Challenges Fellowship program - October 6, 2015

GCF invites scholars from rising non-Western global powers to explore complex research questions in the humanities or social sciences

Socio-Economic Justice for All: EuropeAid/150204/DD/ACT/ZA - July 9, 2015

The European Union Delegation to South Africa is seeking proposals for projects to strengthen access to socio and economics rights

SERSA Programme: Promoting the rights of small scale farmers, farm workers and farm dwellers - July 17, 2014

This Call aims to support practical interventions bringing more people into productive activity that is directly beneficial to their households, and which aims to improve the lives of farm workers and farm dwellers on commercial farms.

SERSA Programme: Climate Change - July 17, 2014

South Africa’s Constitution upholds the right to a clean and healthy environment. Environmental policy developed to realise this right is given legal effect in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). Key principles of the Act include sustainable development, environmental justice, the polluter-pays principle, and participation and transparency in decision-making.

SERSA Programme: Socio-economic / job creation - July 17, 2014

The Constitution establishes a range of socio-economic rights for citizens of South Africa, including rights to housing, education, health care, water, food and social security. It also calls on government to take legislative and other measures for a progressive realisation of these rights.

Terms of Reference LGBTI Project - June 19, 2014

Comprehensive scan of LGBTI initiatives, networks and activities and development of training materials in the country in three phases.

Evaluation of Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Development Programme (AJPCR) - May 9, 2014

The Foundation for Human Rights, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, is engaged in the AJPCR programme funded by the European Union through Sector Budget Support. As part of this programme, the Foundation is commissioning an evaluation to assess the design, implementation and the results of the programme in order to determine its relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact in the context of its stated aims.

Boland Farming Communities - Raising awareness through activities - November 19, 2013

This Call for Proposals is aimed at implementing human rights awareness activities among farming communities in the wider Boland Area of the Western Cape. This is a direct response to the farming community strikes and protests of late 2012 and early 2013 that largely occurred within these areas within the Western Cape.

Event Archives

Roundtable on Business and Human Rights - March 29, 2017

FHR, in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission, is hosting a Roundtable on Business and Human Rights

National Health Insurance Public Engagement: KwaZulu-Natal - January 26, 2017

Does the White Paper adequately respond to SA's constitutional human rights obligations

National Health Insurance Public Engagement - January 11, 2017

Does the White Paper Adequately Respond to South Africa’s Constitutional Human Rights Obligations?

National Health Insurance Public Engagement Cape Town - November 8, 2016

Does the White Paper Adequately Respond to SA’s Constitutional Human Rights Obligations?

National Health Insurance Public Engagement: - September 20, 2016

Does the White Paper adequately respond to SA’s Constitutional Human Rights obligations?

Invitation: 2016 Steve Biko Bioethics Lecture - August 4, 2016

Is ethics pivotal to transformation by Professor Justice Dikgang Moseneke

Poverty and Inequality seminar series - May 5, 2016

Community advice offices: A case for public funding to help fight poverty and inequality

Anti-racism and anti-xenophobia Community Dialogue - March 9, 2016

Zola Advice Centre, the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development are hosting a workshop

Migrant Workers' Struggle : Book Launch - February 19, 2016

Join us for the launch of Just Work? Migrant Workers Struggle Today

Xenophobia: Why Are We Still Debating - February 14, 2016

Round table debate hosted by Women in Mission Advice & Development Association and Foundation for Human Rights

Dialogue on Blackness: Essentialisms, intersections and fault lines - February 14, 2016

The Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, in collaboration with the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Foundations, invites you to participate in an exciting dialogue to talk about the issues of blackness and its entanglement with essentialisms, intersections and faultlines in post-apartheid South Africa.

International Migrants Day - December 6, 2015

An International Migrants Day event will be held on the 18 December 2015 at Alex San-Kopano Community Centre, in Alexandra.

The Constitution, Human Rights and Transformation - December 2, 2015

The Wits School of Governance, the delegation of the European Union to South Africa and the Foundation for Human Rights invite you to the 3rd Dialogue on development and rights

Disabillity Conference 2015 - November 15, 2015

Novem­ber is Dis­abil­ity Aware­ness Month. As part of its month-long aware­ness and advo­cacy cam­paign, the Legal Resources Cen­tre, in con­junc­tion with the Foun­da­tion for Human Rights (FHR), is pre­sent­ing a two-day con­fer­ence on the obsta­cles faced by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in all aspects of life;

Sri Lanka: A Test Case for the World's Willingness to Address Mass Atrocities - October 29, 2015

Better known for its palm fringed holiday beaches, cricket, and tea plantations, Sri Lanka is now a test case for the world's willingness to address mass atrocities.

Yanaya Gender Film and Dialogue Festival - October 13, 2015

The second Gender Film and Dialogue festival will be held in Kwazulu Natal in October.

The Role of Tradition and Culture: What has South Africa Achieved in Gender Equality? - August 6, 2015

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, in collaboration with the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), Johannesburg, is holding a public dialogue

Etuka Anti-Xenophobia Dialogue - July 15, 2015

Anti-xenophobia dialogue to be held on the 17th of July 2015, 9.30 at Jerry Molobi Library, Chris Hani Drive at Etwatwa. Participants will include small business communities from diverse background including Somali, Bangladeshi and Pakistanis, Faith based organisation and civil society organisations, including youth led projects.

Announcement Archives

FHR Internship Opportunity for 2017 - January 31, 2017

The FHR seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Vacancy: Driver - January 18, 2017

FHR is looking to employ a driver

Call for Applications: Mogambri Moodliar Human Rights Award 2016 - November 3, 2016

The FHR invites all grantees to submit projects for the Mogambri Moodliar Human Rights Award 2016.

Vacancy: FHR Grants Administrator - September 14, 2016

The Grants Administrator is responsible for the effective administration and information management within the Grants Unit of the Foundation for Human Rights.

Vacancy: Co-ordinator FHR LGBTI Rights Project - September 13, 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights (the FHR) is a partner of the Department of Justice on the National Task Team to address gender and sexual-orientation-based violence against LGBTI persons (NTT).

Vacancies at Foundation for Human Rights - July 15, 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa and the region and has the following vacancies

Vacancies at FHR - April 12, 2016

The FHR seeks to appoint a number of posts

Special Youth Programme 2016 - March 13, 2016

FHR and the The Community Healing Network (CHN) present a new education youth programme

Anti- Xenophobia CSOs meeting and dialogues calendar for 2016 - January 6, 2016

Schedule of dates for the anti-xenophobia meetings/ dialogues for Civil Society Organisations in 2016 - Gauteng Province.

Justice College receives accreditation - November 30, 2015

The Justice College's scope of accreditation has been extended to include paralegal practices.

Human Rights Poetry Award - November 19, 2015

UHRSN is inviting applications for its very first human rights poetry competition themed "Refugees and your message to Europe".

African Union calls for papers for publication - October 8, 2015

African Union calls for papers for publication on the theme “Year of Human Rights with Special Focus on Rights of Women”

Internship opportunity for 2016 - August 25, 2015

The Foundation for Human Rights seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Commonwealth Youth Worker Award - August 13, 2015

Nominations are open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2015, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people across the 53 Commonwealth countries.

Invitation for Applications for Foreign Law Clerks - April 13, 2015

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks.

Each year, 15 to 20 young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties.

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Chief Financial Officer - February 19, 2015

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa and the region that implement programmes which promote and protect human rights.

FHR are looking to appoint a CFO to be responsible for all the financial affairs of FHR including Donor Funds, for developing a financial and operational strategy, on-going development and monitoring of systems and reporting of accurate financial results.

The key performance areas for the CFO will include:

  • Strategize, direct and manage all financial affairs for FHR including Donor Funds.
  • Developing a financial and operational strategy, including metrics tied to that strategy,
  • On-going development and monitoring of systems and reporting of accurate financial results
  • Overseeing finance budgeting, cash flow and accounting.
  • Ensure the development of and adherence to financial policies and procedures, and reporting in compliance with regulatory, donor and internal governance and Board financial requirements.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of financial aspects of the FHR grant management system and reporting.
  • Develop risk management strategies for the organisation,
  • Liaise with relevant external financial institutions and regulators.
  • Demonstrate performance against generic management objectives
  • Unqualified audits
  • Other activities as required

Education:

  • Preferable: CA (SA) or B. Comm. (Hons.) with completed articles plus relevant work experience
  • Essential: B. Comm., majoring in accounting plus completed articles plus relevant work experience

The knowledge and skills required includes:

  • Experience of finance in the NGO/CBO sector and working with donors
  • At least 12 years relevant working experience and at least 6 years in a financial management position
  • Demonstrated experience of working in an environment with a variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel spreadsheets
  • Advanced skills in Pastel Evolution
  • Extensive knowledge of financial management and finance in the development and NGO sectors
  • Advanced knowledge of budgeting
  • Knowledge of EU and SA Government reporting requirements
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including developing workplans and schedules
  • Knowledge of auditing procedures
  • Knowledge of financial models and tools
  • Sound knowledge of risk management
  • Strategic thinker
  • Good Business acumen
  • Good leadership versatility
  • Strong attention to detail

The closing date for submission of applications is 9 March 2014.

Preference will be given to female applicants

Please submit your CV, three references and a one page motivation letter to HR(at)fhr.org.za

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

 

 

Job Posting - President of the Extraordinary African Trial Chamber (Hissène Habré court) for Francophone African judges - November 6, 2014

The Statute of the Extraordinary African Chambers, the court trying the former president of Chad Hissène Habré, provides that the President of the Extraordinary African Trial Chamber (as well as the President of the Appeals Chamber) shall be a non-Senegalese judge from another African Union Member State.

The Chambers have just posted an announcement for the President of the Trial Chamber and the Appeals Chamber. They can be found here.

Please circulate to any interested candidates and re-post widely . Applications must be sent to the African Union legal office by 28 November.

Vacancy: Human Resources Manager - October 17, 2014

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa and the region that implement programmes which promote and protect human rights.

The FHR is looking for a Human Resources Manager to guide and manage the organisation’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating human resources policies, programmes, and practices as well as employee relations.

This is a part-time position for 4 mornings a week. The successful applicant must have:

  • A Degree in Human Resource Management or an equivalent qualification (Public Administration/ Psychology, Social Work)
  • A minimum of 5 years working experience in human resources including recruiting and managing staff
  • Very good interpersonal skills
  • Very good planning and writing skills
  • Computer literate
  • A Driver’s license is essential
Interested applicants please send your CV’s as well as a letter motivating your interest in this job. Please email to hr(at)fhr.org.za. The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd November 2014. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

LGBTI Rights Project - Co-ordinator vacancy - June 9, 2014

The Foundation for Human Rights (the FHR) is a partner of the Department of Justice on the National Task Team to address gender- and sexual-orientation-based violence against LGBTI persons (NTT). The FHR is looking for a coordinator for its work on LGBTI issues and rights. Click here for more details.

Human Rights Day - March 20, 2014

FHR is participating in the following activities on 21 March 2014