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South Africa

August 14, 2011

South Africa at last!  I've been looking forward to getting to Johannesburg and was not disappointed.  Although India was quite an experience it was great to get to a major urban city that reminds one a little bit of home.  Actually reminded me a bit like Toronto in the summer.  Our timing couldn't have been better and we were able to attend a rally in Pretoria for National Women's Day.  It is a national holiday in South Africa so thousands of women turned out to celebrate and continue the discussion for equal rights.  That's me with a women attending the rally.  Many women were dressed similarly (in green outfits) that we were told signifies an alliance with a particular political group.  We also met with contacts at the US State Department (thanks Maris!) and activists focusing on the issue of correctional rapes.   There is still a struggle for acceptance for gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the Townships in South Africa.  Lesbians are raped in an attempt to make them straight.  We took a drive to Velkom in Free State to meet with a woman on the forefront of this issue - lobbying the government to recognize and act when it comes to this type of violence against women.  Next stop on our journey takes us to Nairobi, Kenya.

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