"Human rights, artists and poets"

The Mercury Newspaper published a review of the 2015 Art of Human Rights Project in its 09 July issue written by Marianne Meijies. The write up also details our recent projects and some of the work we do as an NPO. These are the images that they published from the Art of Human Rights catalogue. The art reproductions are available for R800.00 and catalogues for R200.

Art and social justice & the media connection

The Art and Social Justice and the Media Connection publication edited by Dr Mike Hajimichael a Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015.


‘This concept was inspired by my friend and one of the contributors to this book, Jan Jordaan, from Durban, South Africa, where the founding conference took place in 2010.

Since then, conferences have happened in Nicosia, Cyprus (2011) and Gernika, Spain (2012). While most of the chapters in this volume come from the second conference, the general spirit of ASJ, and its uniqueness as a forum and amalgamation of academics, artists and activists, is also present in this volume. This collection of essays and reflections by invited academics and artists takes on and interrogates different art forms and how these relate/connect to different forms of media. This is particularly important to many people due to the fast developing and ever changing

media environment. Generally, the book contains chapters in three key areas (with some overlaps). These are art, social justice and ethics, connections with media in different contexts, and art, social justice and practice-based research.’ Introduction by Mike Hajimichael

An evaluation of the knowledge, attitude and practices of South African university students regarding the use of emergency contraception and of art as an advocacy tool

Written by E.J. Kistnasamy; P. Reddy; J. Jordaan  

Abstract: This study assessed the knowledge and use of emergency contraception (EC) against the background of current sexual practices among a multi-racial student population at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In addition, the use of art as an advocacy tool in promoting awareness of EC and related sexual issues was also evaluated.

Method: A random sample of 162 students with equal representation of race and gender was interviewed. The questionnaire used addressed knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding contraception, with emphasis on EC and current sexual practices. It was administered by trained interviewers at three different sites at the DUT, where the Kara Walker image was also displayed on banners by Art for Humanity (AFH).

Results: Over 77% of participants indicated that EC was some sort of birth control or contraceptive method. Only 51% of the respondents felt that EC was a good form of contraception and 27% of all students indicated that it should not be used at all. However, given a choice, 66% of African students would use it, compared to 46% Indian, 31% coloured and 52% white students. The various levels of undergraduate study (i.e. first to third year) did not impact on the level of knowledge of or attitude towards the use of EC among students. Students had health and social concerns, including that if more men were informed about EC, they may use it to pressure women into having unprotected sex. Over 90% of students knew that EC did not provide protection from HIV, AIDS and STDs. Of the 162 students questioned, only 21% had seen the Kara Walker poster and their responses to the banner were varied. While a few students thought that it was an inappropriate portrayal of women, most students who saw the banner thought it was effective in drawing attention to the consequences of unsafe sexual practices.

Conclusion: It is imperative that concise information and pre- and post-counselling be provided by health care professionals to empower individuals at tertiary institutions to make informed choices with respect to reproductive health. Proper dissemination of information will create awareness and enhance wider acceptance and the use of the arts as an advocacy tool may further promote health education.  

Read the full text: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/20786204.2009.10873896


As we speak hundreds of foreigners are being chased out of their homes and their shops looted. This is happening all around Durban. This morning we spoke with some of them. They are scared, and most want nothing more than to go home. I felt ashamed as a South African as I heard their stories of hardship and deep pain. DDP will be convening dialogues with these different groups so that they can speak with a common voice about their concerns and fears, and just to hear their stories and know that there are some of us who care.

Most of these stories are not known to many of us and perhaps through the creation of this space our basic humanity and compassion will be triggered to demonstrate our sense of Ubuntu and hospitality.

Whilst we are doing this there is an urgent need to feed the hungry children and women who are in these camps around Durban, as well as possibly with assisting transporting some of them back to their homes, as they no longer feel welcome here.

If you feel moved to help please make a deposit to the following DDP account. A full breakdown of disbursement will be provided on our website. Any amount, no matter how small, will be appreciated. These people need our help now.

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DIALOGUE INVITATION- Home away from home! or is it reaally?

Intimidation and violence against foreign nationals and internal migrants has been an ongoing feature of post-Apartheid South Africa. While the most intense period of intimidation and violence took place in May 2008, similar patterns of behaviour began long before and have yet to stop. The intolerance against foreign nationals occurs in locales with high (but not the highest) levels of economic deprivation, high percentages of male residents, high levels of informal housing, and high levels of language diversity (including many South African and foreign languages).

The key trigger against outsiders in specific locations appears to be localised competition for political (formal and informal) and economic power. Leaders, and aspirant leaders, often mobilise residents to intimidate and/or attack and evict foreign nationals as a means of strengthening their personal political or economic power within the local community. Lately, there has been overwhelming evidence of violence against businesses owned by African migrants particularly in Gauteng and in some regions of KwaZulu-Natal

This intolerance and violence is a symptom of broader challenges of legitimate and accountable local governance, especially in informal settlements. It is likely to continue if concerted efforts to address impunity and scapegoating are not instituted speedily. The government has made small steps in these directions but there is a lot that needs to be done. One of the ways to address this situation is by having conversations amongst ourselves as citizens and our migrant communities to question those aspects of our society that seem to be driving us apart as Africans.

Our key conversational questions are:

  1. What is driving us apart from each other?
  2. How can we, together as citizens, co-exist peacefully and co-create sustainable communities?

Come and make your voice heard!


Event dDetails:

Speaker:     Prof Ahmed Bawa- Vice Chancellor of Durban University of Technology.

DATE:            14 April 2015

TIME:             4:30 for 5:00-7:00 pm

VENUE:         DUT, City Campus, Room 207

ADDRESS:    Corner of Smith St, Warwick Ave & Berea Road, Tel: 031 373 2000

PARKING:     Safe off-road parking is available

COST:             Free

RSVP:             Please complete the form below and send to DDP via rsvp@ddp.org.za or fax 031 306 2261 on or before 2 April 2015.

                      Seats arelimited and restricted to those that have confirmed.


For general enquiries call 031 304 9305



  • Equality: You cannot be discriminated against. But affirmative action and fair discrimination are allowed.


  • Human Dignity: Your dignity must be respected and protected.


  • Life: You have the right to life.


  • Freedom and security of the person: You cannot be detained without trial, tortured or punished cruelly. Domestic violence is not allowed.


  • Slavery, servitude and forced labour: Slavery and forced labour are not allowed.


  • Privacy: You cannot be searched or have your home or possessions searched.


  • Freedom of religion, belief and opinion: You can believe and think whatever you want and can follow the religion of your choice.


  • Freedom of expression: All people (including the press) can say whatever they want.


  • Assembly, demonstration, picket and petition: You can hold a demonstration, picket and present a petition. But you must do this peacefully.


  • Freedom of association: You can associate with whomever you want to.


  • Political rights: You can support the political party of your choice. If you are a citizen, and at least 18 years old, you can vote.


  • Citizenship: Your citizenship cannot be taken away from you.


  • Freedom of movement and residence: You can go and live anywhere in South Africa.


  • Freedom of trade, occupation and profession: You can do whatever work you choose.


  • Labour relations: You may join trade unions and go on strike.


  • Environment: You have the right to a healthy environment.


  • Property: Your property can only be taken away from you if the proper rules are followed.


  • Housing: The government must make sure people get access to proper housing.


  • Health care, food, water and social security: The government must make sure you have access to food and water; health care and social security.


  • Children: Children under the age of 18 have special rights, like the right not to be abused.


  • Education: You have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, in your own language (if this is possible).


  • Language and culture: You can use the language you want to and follow the culture that you choose.


  • Cultural, religious and linguistic communities: Communities can enjoy their own culture; practice their own religion; and use their own language.


  • Access to information: You have the right to any information, which the government has.


  • Just administrative action: Actions by the government must be fair.


  • Access to courts: You can have a legal problem decided by a court, or a similar structure.


  • Arrested, detained and accused persons: This right protects people who have been arrested, imprisoned or accused.


  • NOTE: All these rights can be limited if it would be fair to do so