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Hate crime

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is a criminal act driven by prejudice against a person, property, or organization based on the victim's perceived differences. Perpetrators aim to degrade and dehumanize individuals due to factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, health status, nationality, social origin, religious beliefs, culture, language, or other characteristics. Hate crimes can manifest as isolated incidents, but more commonly, they involve sustained harassment like daily taunting, constant bullying, or conflicts within specific settings like schools or communities. These crimes often seek to impact not only the immediate victim but also to convey a message to others sharing similarities with the victim.

Follow this link to learn more on hate crime in South Africa 

Triangle Project & Hate Crime Working Group (HCWG)

Triangle Project chairs the Hate Crime Working Group (HCWG), a collaborative network of civil society organizations committed to advocating for and reforming initiatives against hate crimes in South Africa and the region. The HCWG aims to accelerate the enactment of comprehensive hate crime laws, improve law enforcement and judicial responses, and develop effective mechanisms for monitoring hate crime incidents.

Triangle Project in the National Task Team (NTT)

Triangle Project holds a civil society representative role on the working group of the National Task Team (NTT) on Gender and Sexual Orientation-Based Violence. Initiated in March 2011 by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the NTT was mandated to create a National Intervention Strategy targeting "corrective rape." The primary focus of the NTT is to devise a comprehensive national intervention strategy addressing gender and sexual orientation-based violence against LGBTI individuals, with a particular emphasis on reforming the criminal justice system.

Theatre for Social Change Initiatives

In 2015, Triangle Project embarked on two Theatre for Social Change (TSC) projects, "These are the ties that bind us," engaging with community safe spaces in Elandsbay and Ceres, rural Western Cape communities identified as hotspots for homophobia.

These projects aimed to foster creative dialogues between LGBTIQ individuals and local communities, addressing systemic disempowerment through multimedia platforms like storytelling, photo-voice narratives, community newspapers, and radio stations. Grounded in the belief that community ownership of challenges is key, these initiatives sought to mobilize local resources for local needs, promoting equality, and facilitating access to justice for vulnerable groups.

Participants actively contributed to scriptwriting, costumes, set designs, choreography, and music in both areas. Productions incorporated spoken word, song, dance, and comedy, addressing specific challenges faced by the local LGBTIQ community. Scripts were tailored to resonate with the audience by incorporating local landmarks and venues, encouraging active engagement. The success of these projects lay in the dynamic mix of spoken word, music, dance, and humor, allowing for a seamless transition between entertainment and serious reflection. Featuring real-life LGBTIQ individuals telling their stories added authenticity, making the messages more impactful and relatable to the audience.

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+27214220255

info@triangle.org.za

health2@triangle.org.za 

2 - 4 Seymour Street
Observatory
Cape Town
7925

Donate

NPO reg no: 003-971