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Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27, intends to step down from this leadership position in early 2018. Co-founded by Mark and Adila Hassim seven years ago, the public interest law centre, SECTION27 is now at the forefront of the fight for social justice, human rights and equality under law.

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SECTION27 and TAC oppose proposed amendment to abortion Act

JOHANNESBURG, 15th AUGUST 2017 – SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have made a joint submission opposing the draft amendments to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 (TOP Act) as proposed by the African Christian Democratic Party. We reject this amendment in the strongest terms.

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Our week ahead 7 August – 12 August

As part of the SECTION27 Gender Based Violence campaign #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS, Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha published an article on the violence faced by trans sex workers in the Daily Maverick

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HIV/AIDS now covered by Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act

We welcome the amendment of Section 1 (a) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000, to include a prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of HIV/AIDS status.

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Growing crisis at NHLS threatens access to essential health care services, particularly for HIV and TB

The ongoing strike at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) is a disaster for critical and lifesaving laboratory services, but also the fragile stability of this institution, the struggling public health system and poor people who heavily rely on it.

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Gender based violence is a manifestation of social injustice and inequality

Comments by Mark Heywood, director of SECTION27, at media launch of Campaign against Violence to Women and Children 25 July 2017. We are gathered here today to launch a campaign that , if we are serious, has the potential to transform

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Our Week Ahead – Another busy week at SECTION27!!

Thuthukile Mbatha is meeting with Dr Saiqa Mullick who is leading the Wits Reproductive Health Institute’s efforts in supporting the Department of Health as it considers the roll-out of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in South Africa.

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Education and policies are vital in fight against rape culture

It is imperative that students and staff are made fully aware of the policies in place to protect them and even more important that the members of the offices and task forces set up specifically to manage sexual violence are clear on what those policies are and how to adequately put them into practice.

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Our week ahead – July 24 – July 28

Monday July 24th The Center for Economic Governance and Accountability in Africa’s (CEEGA) Director and SECTION27 Board member Nhlanhla Ndlovu will join us to discuss the trends in health financing and HIV in South Africa, NHI and the health budget.

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Comment on Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s appointment for Life Esidimeni Alternative Dispute Resolution process

SECTION27 and its clients welcome the announcement that Justice Moseneke will lead the Life Esidimeni Alternative Dispute Resolution process. We will be meeting with Justice Moseneke and other parties shortly to discuss the details of how the process will unfold. We look forward to the commencement of the ADR, which we hope will contribute to closure for the families of former residents of Life Esidimeni.

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Pledge for Prudence

Mark Heywood paid tribute to AIDS, human rights and gender activist Prudence Mabele who recently passed away.

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Press release: Comment on letter sent to Bell Pottinger

The Helen Suzman Foundation, Section27 and Save South Africa comment on their joint action relating to the announced probe into Bell Pottinger’s conduct in South Africa

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Conference for the Future of South Africa – welcome address

Our political ancestors did not lose their lives or go to jail so that we could end up living under state capture, or so that their country could be sold to crooks and thieves.

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Our week ahead 17 – 21 July 2017

Quote for the week: If Plan “A” didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 other letters. Stay cool.

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Op-Ed: Lost in the system – a young girl’s right to education

Despite the laws, systems and agents in place to develop, guide and protect the most vulnerable of children, there are many that fall victim to the state’s inadequacies. By SHENIECE LINDERBOOM.

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SECTION27 LAUNCHES #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS campaign

The recent reports of the repeated rape of a 10-year-old girl, allegedly facilitated by her grandmother, are yet another reminder of the crisis of violence against womxn[1] and girls.

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SECTION27’s journey 2014-2017

Please join us on a short journey through the last four years of SECTION27’s work!

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Media Statement – Michael Komape

11 JULY 2017 – JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL KOMAPE

JOHANNESBURG – The Limpopo High Court has set a trial date in a case brought by the family of the late Michael Komape after the five-year-old fell into his school’s pit toilet and died. The trial will take place in Polokwane from 13 November to 1 December before Deputy Judge President Fikile Mokgohloa.

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THE TWELVE TOUCHSTONES OF ACTIVISM

Mark Heywood’s Keynote Speech for the Sixth International Nelson Mandela Day Community Leadership Awards

Eastwave Radio, Lenasia, July 8th 2017

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Public Interest Law Gathering Programme

The PILG programme has been released! Click through for the full programme and to register for panels.

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Our Week ahead: 3 – 7 July 2017

Over the past weekend Basic Education for All (BEFA) held its electoral conference in Tzaneen Limpopo. BEFA activists from across the province came together to talk about the issues facing the Limpopo education system, as well as make strategic plans about how BEFA can overcome these challenges to bring about much needed change.

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High Court confirms that state endorsement of one religion to the exclusion of others is unlawful

Today, the South Gauteng High Court confirmed that public schools are not permitted to promote or allow their staff to promote only one or predominantly one religion to the exclusion of others. This was found to be contrary to the Constitution’s provisions on cultural and religious freedom.

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Our week ahead 26 – 30 June 2017

The High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation will host a workshop on National Health Insurance policy with key stakeholders. The panel brings together civil society leaders, academics and business representatives will discuss among other issues the impact of the NHI on poverty reduction, employment and foreign direct investment.

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CASAC intervenes in Solidarity’s attempt to undermine government measures to increase access to quality Basic Education.  

JOHANNESBURG, 20 JUNE we mark the 41st anniversary of the June 16 student uprising, the struggle for quality basic education continues. The Department of Basic Education has been called on to defend the legitimate measures behind a bursary scheme aimed at increasing the number of well-qualified, indigenous language teachers, particularly in rural areas.

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MIGRANTS

This World Refugee Day, in a country whose constitution makes clear provision for access to health care services for all, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in South Africa continue to face problems in accessing health care services.

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Our week ahead 19 – 23 June 2017

Monday 19th: This week, Field Researcher Solanga Milambo is visiting various schools in Limpopo, as part of the #TextbooksMatter Campaign. Despite countless court appearances the Department of Education in Limpopo, has still failed to deliver textbooks to schools. Solly is set to investigate reports from various schools about textbook shortages. Solly will also use the week to gather new information on the state of sanitation in various schools in the province, to see what progress has been made, particularly for those schools who were on the Departments Sanitation plan, to ensure better sanitation for learners.

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Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can access the medicines they need to stay healthy and alive.

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