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Black Sash Trust

Cape Town, South Africa
Joined November 2017

Our Mission is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable.

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Governance
The  Black Sash is working towards a South African society in which:-

·     Human rights are recognised in law, respected and implemented in practice particularly socio economic rights;

·     All sectors (government, the private sector and civil society) take responsibility and work towards reducing inequality and poverty including social and economic justice

·     The government is accountable to all its people and attends to their basic needs in a participatory and dignified manner; and

·     The SA constitution is protected, promoted and fulfilled by all and the rule of law is respected.

Our Mission is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the Constitution, with emphasis on social security and social protection, especially for the most vulnerable particularly women and children. We will, in the course of our work, explore options to significantly reduce poverty and inequality.

We believe the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society). To this end, we promote active civic engagement by all living in South Africa, this made possible by a strong and vibrant civil society comprising community- based organisations, non-governmental organisations, coalitions and movements.

Our Values: In the execution of our work, we uphold and promote the values of justice, integrity, dignity, rigour, the affirmation of women, independence and courage. We believe individual and collective non-violent action can enable people to transform their own situations and have a beneficial impact on society as a whole.

Our objectives are implemented through three interconnected programmes, each building on one another: Advocacy In Partnership, Community Based Monitoring and Information, Education and Training.


People Associated With This Organization

Lynette Maart

South Africa  
Black Sash Trust
Joined November 2017
Interests: Governance
Lynette Maart has extensive experience of working in various capacities in the not-for-profit and heritage sectors. She is currently the National Director of the Black Sash. She currently serves as co-chairperson of the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) established in 2014 to stop unlawful and unauthorised debit deductions from social grants.

1986 to 1991: Lynette worked as Trainer, Trainer of Trainers and senior manager in early childhood development, in disadvantaged communities, at Border Early Learning Centre (EC) and Grassroots Educare Trust (WC).
1998 to 2013: Lynette was the Deputy Director of the Robben Island Museum. During her tenure as project manager at the St. George Cathedral Crypt Memory Centre three books and two exhibitions were produced – Glimpsing of Hope, Marching for Peace (focusing on the 1989 Peace marches) and An African Tale to the Mother City, (housing and land struggles in the Western Cape from Modderdam to Khayelitsha).
Lynette Maart is the network champion (main point of contact) for Black Sash Trust.

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