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Tag: South Africa

Exclusion of migrant women | Access to health care


Nov 10, 2020
Categories: news

  Continuing the Series on Migrant Women. In the first edition of SIHMA’s series on the exclusion of migrant women, we discussed the particular lack of access to the labour market and the exclusion of migrant women from labour-related policy making (1). This second article addresses the even more intimate issue that is physical and mental well-being and access to health services. Indeed reports, such as the 2018 World Health Organization (WHO)  reports entitled...

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Heritage Day and Migrants’ History in South Africa - Interview with Dezz van Niekerk (Part 2)


Sep 24, 2020
Categories: news

Happy Heritage Day! On September 24th, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day! Through events all over the country, this day recognises, celebrates, and remembers the cultural diversity and heritage of all people in South African society. Heritage Day is a celebration that is quite specific to South Africa. Only a few countries around the world celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions in a national celebration, mainly in the Americas and the Caribbean – such as National Heritage Day in Turks...

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Migrants’ History and Heritage in South Africa – Interview with Dezz van Niekerk (Part 1)


Sep 22, 2020
Categories: news

To celebrate and commemorate Heritage Day on September 24th, SIHMA interviewed Dezz van Niekerk – life coach, mentor, writer, popular educator, and specialized counsellor – and asked him about his thoughts on the history of migration and internal displacement in South Africa and how these are considered in contemporary society, especially when celebrating South African culture and heritage on Heritage Day. Dezz was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s,...

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18th July - Nelson Mandela International Day 2020


Jul 21, 2020
Categories: news

The 18th of July marks a public holiday in South Africa, as a remembrance for Nelson Mandela's birthday. In 2009, the day was inaugurated as Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), as a response to a global crisis of poverty and inequality. On this particular day people recognize and commemorate Nelson Mandela’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation. The celebration is a call to action for everyone to elicit...

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Documentation, Documentation, Documentation!


Jul 07, 2020
Categories: news

When we consider people on the move and their interaction with government authorities or access to services one of the matters that is often raised is identification and/or enabling documentation and the absence thereof presents with a number of challenges. We regularly hear about documentation allowing for migration via regular channels or that a migrant migrated via irregular channels because they did not have the requisite documentation. The absence of documentation for migrants creates another layer of vulnerability...

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How the Migrant Youth are making a mark in Music and Art


Jun 16, 2020
Categories: news

Happy Youth Day! Youth Day in South Africa is on the 16th of June and commemorates the Soweto Uprising and pivot role of the youth. Youth and their contributions are celebrated and commemorated around the world with several Countries declaring a national youth day, along with the United Nations International Youth Day celebration on the 12th of August and the World Youth Day Celebration organised by the Catholic Church, celebrated by millions of people across the...

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