Week Ahead

28 October – 1 November 2019

“Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said.” Wangari Maathai, Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. 

28 October

Attorney Sheniece Linderboom, Legal Researcher Vuyisile Malinga and Communications Officer Boitumelo Masipa will be meeting the South African Council for Educators (SACE) to discuss the prospects for a joint response to incidents of sexual violence in schools in South Africa. For more information or to request a Sexual Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health Right Workshop at your school, contact our advice office on 011 356 4100 or 060 754 0751

Sifiso Nkala will attend a public consultation meeting on the National Health Insurance (NHI) organised by Parliament at Mbalenhle Hall in the Govan Mbeki Municipality from 4 pm. This provides an opportunity for community members to give their inputs on the proposed Bill ahead of the closing dates for submissions on 29 November 2019. We will be voicing our concern about various issues in the NHI Bill.

28 – 31 October

Researcher, Thuthukile Mbatha is attending a SheDecides Africa Regional Convening in Nairobi, Kenya. The gathering aims to unite local and regional activists, policymakers and everyone who believes that girls and women in Africa should be free. This will be an opportunity to learn from experiences in the region and understanding how a fledgling political movement on bodily autonomy can boldly and visibly stand up and speak out on SRHR issues without undermining already existing movements that are striving for the same purpose.

28 – 30 October

Paralegals Thembi Mahlathi and Sipho Komane will attend training hosted by Lawyers for Human Rights. The training will focus on the refugees and immigration acts, the National Health Act and processes for the implementation of the National Health Insurance Bill.

29 – 30 October

Field researchers Solanga Milambo and Annah Maluleke and NSP Advocacy officer Vuyokazi Gonyela will facilitate a capacity building workshop for civil society sector members in Bela in Waterberg District in Limpopo. The workshop will cover the role of civil society in the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on HIV and TB at provincial and municipal levels.

Field Researchers Patrick Mdletshe and Selby Mgadi will be attending community dialogues with the Intuzuma GBV Injobo Ithungelwa Ebandla in Intuzuma and Umlazi. SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign organised these dialogues in response to reports of gender-based violence (GBV) in these areas. The dialogues aim to create an opportunity for the community to talk openly about ending GBV and femicide.

31 October – 1 November

The Public Interest Law Gathering will take place at Wits University. Renowned author and feminist Professor Pumla Gqola will deliver the opening address. This year’s theme, Women in Leadership: Transforming the public interest law sector will cover issues such as charting a new feminist path for the sector, gender and climate change, and gender-based violence in schools. To register go to http://www.publicinterestlawgathering.com/.