Human Rights Organisation South Africa

Volunteer and gain experiences in Cape Town

Human rights organisation

The organisation is a human rights and youth empowerment organisation that works with citizens, refugees and migrants to prevent conflicts, enhance social cohesion and promote socio-economic development. It was formed in 2001 in response to violence against asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in New Cross Roads, in Nyanga a sprawling, impoverished, predominantly black townships on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Initially part of IDASA (the Institute for Democracy in South Africa) AU became an autonomous, registered organisation in 2004.Underpinned by its organisation slogan, “Building Human Rights communities” AU programmatic focus is on building the knowledge and skills of Human Rights Peer Educators, facilitating reciprocal learning exchanges with communitybased and migrant led structures, and creating a platform for intercultural exchange and dialogue between local, refugee and migrant communities in South Africa. Towards the fulfillment of these goals, AU has consistently sought to build partnerships with likeminded organizations committed to using rights based participatory strategies as a means of building peaceful, sustainable communities.

Intern | Volunteer work Description
The organisation takes on interns from around the world, depending on their university requirements, interests and skills they will be involved in one or several of the following areas:
  • Human rights peer education
  • Business Development
  • Capacity development
  • Social dialogues
  • Advocacy
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • HR and training development of skills development projects in the townships
Interns also focus on assisting with the implementing of a variety of Business Procedures as well as educational and practical programmes that help prepare youth to face the challenges of living in South Africa while also being agents of change within communities themselves.

Legal Centre

The Legal Centre seeks to advance the struggle for equality for women, particularly black women, who suffer socio-economic disadvantage, through the promotion and development of human rights for women. In order to fulfilll its objectives, the Centre will, free of charge Litigate cases which
advance women's rights and are in the public interest, particularly constitutional cases; and produce briefs to assist courts in constitutional cases which concern women's rights and gender equality. In addition, where resources permit, the  Centre aims to provide women's organisations with technical
legal assistance in making submissions to parliament and other institutions. The  Centre aims to provide training and capacity building programs for para-legals and women lawyers who wish to cnduct constitutional litigation in regard to gender issues. They believe that there is a need to collaborate with women's organisations in all their activities. The Centre’s focus areas are fair access to resources, Having a safe place to stay, The right to Health, Being able to work and Being free of violence Any litigation/ legal work conducted by the Centre should advance substantive equality for women. Substantive equality is advanced through litigation that seeks to improve the lives of women who have been disadvantaged by social and economic conditions.

Internship | Volunteering
The Legal Centre takes on Legal interns inthat have completed at least one year of Legal studies. The intern will have to submit a writing smaple based on a specific topic provided by the Centre and tasks will be allocated to the interns depending on their knowledge and fields of intrests. Non-legal Internships The Centre also offer internships to students with an interest and/or background in Marketing, Communications, Social Science Research or related fields as well as Fundraising. Internships in website design, social media, database management and IT are also offered.
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