“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” – bell hooks

Tuesday 24 October

Researcher Thabang Pooe will attend a National Civil Society Workshop on Systemic Failure in Responding to Violence Against Children at the Aviator Hotel, Johannesburg on 24 and 25 October 2017 hosted by the Children’s Institute and the University of Cape Town.

SECTION27 with the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign will march with over a 1 000 activists to the office of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to hand over the coalition’s submission on the  draft Intellectual Property Policy (phase 1) published for comment by the dti in August. The coalition is marching in support of the government’s efforts to reform the patent system for greater access to medicines and to urge them to finalise the policy and ensure it leads to law reform.  The coalition will also be issuing a Fix the Patent Laws publication titled “Exploring patent barriers to cancer treatment access in South Africa: 24 medicine case studies”, which looks at how South Africa’s patent laws influence access to cancer medicines by analysing the patent status and length, affordability of, and access to 24 case study medicines. The march will progress from Pretoria Art Musuem to Department of Trade and Industry Office from 11:00 – 14:00.

Executive Director Mark Heywood has been invited to be part of the Wits Business School (WBS) panel discussion on “The Imperative for Ethical Leadership” at 18h00-19h30 at the Investec Auditorium in Sandton, Johannesburg. The panel will comprise of Nhlanhla Nene, former Finance Minister and interim Director of Wits Business School; Mark Heywood; Laura Bertand, former Ethics Officer for Total SA and a founding director of the Ethics Practitioner’s Association (EPA) and MD Everyday Ethics (Pty) Ltd; and Cynthia Schoeman, WBS external ethics lecturer, author of two ethics books, MD Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd, and also a founding director of the EPA. Cythia will both chair and take part in the panel. The discussion will cover organisational leadership in all sectors, the role of ethical leadership in society and promoting social justice, and the practical aspects of ethical leadership.

Mpumalanga Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala will from Tuesday work with Treatment Action Campaign branches in Gert Sibande districs, specifically with community advocates in supporting TAC branch activities and campaigns in different branches.

Wednesday 25 October 

From Wednesday to Friday, Attorney Umunyana Rugege will attend a workshop hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United  Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The purpose of the workshop is to engage stakeholders on critical issues related to the draft Intellectual Property Policy (phase 1). The participation will include government departments and agencies, civil society, academia, the private sector and inter-governmental organisations.

Thursday 26 October

KwaZulu-Natal field researcher Patrick Mdletshe will attend a meeting with the new US Consulate General in Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes. Patrick will be part creating a platform for alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programme to network.

Friday 27 October

Researchers Pamela Choga and Thabang Pooe and Attorney Sheniece Linderboom will conduct a workshop for youth leaders at the SECTION27 offices. The workshop will be on sexual violence in schools with a focus on supporting learners who have experienced sexual violence.