Sonke Gender Justice, Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) & Institute for Security Studies
20 Mar 2018
22 Mar 2018
How the police treat the most vulnerable members of society is a good measure of their ability to improve public safety. A recent study into the South African Police Service’s treatment of sex workers found the police wanting – officials routinely broke the law and their own codes of conduct.
To garner public support, the police must recognise the dignity and rights of vulnerable groups. Upholding the law and treating people with respect are the hallmarks of a professional and effective police service.
This clip is from the seminar ''Good policing starts with respect for human rights'' which was held on 20 March 2018 at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. This seminar was hosted by the Institute for Security Studies in collaboration with Sonke Gender Justice and the Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT). The seminar discussed results from the policing of sex work study, and how police performance can be improved in South Africa.
The seminar was chaired by Gareth Newham, Head, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS.
The speakers included:
- Donna Evans, Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, Sonke Gender Justice
- Commissioner Buyiselo Botha, Commission on Gender Equality
- Nosipho Vidima, Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)
- Dr Simon Howell, Research Director, African Police Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)
- Colonel Tlhoaele, SAPS Employee Health & Wellness Unit
- Merita Ground, Department of Community Safety, Ikhaya Lethemba Victim Empowerment Centre.