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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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Pencil Power: Cartoons and social justice

How can editorial cartoons better connect the dots between the social determinants of injustice and not just the individuals who profit from it?

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Sasha Stevens speaks on “The role of civil society in mental health”

Annual U21 Health Sciences Meeting at the University of Johannesburg, 21 September 2017 “The role of civil society in mental health” South African civil society has a long and distinguished history in advocating for, working towards and supporting the realization of the right of access to health care services.

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The Week Ahead 19 September – 22 September

“If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades” – Che Guevara. Mpumalanga community mobiliser Sifiso Nkala is partnering with the Friedrich Ebert Stifung (FES)

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Sexual violence and corporal punishment in schools

In the past few days, we have read reports of sexual violence and corporal punishment against learners in school, mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. SECTION27 condemns all acts of violence against learners.

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Faranaaz Veriava discusses the Basic Education Handbook on Radio Today!

SECTION27 Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel Faranaaz Veriava recently sat down with Patrick Bracher on his Radio Today show to discuss the Basic Education Rights Handbook. You can listen to the discussion here

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Week Ahead 11 September – 15 September

This week, Eastern Cape Community Mobiliser Fikile Boyce is attending various meetings as an Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) representative. ECHCAC seeks to draw together various health stakeholders within the province

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VUWANI PROTEST: A THREAT TO LEARNERS’ RIGHT TO BASIC EDUCATION

Giyani, 4 September 2017 – Basic Education for All (BEFA) notes with concern the ongoing threat to the right to basic education of Vuwani learners as a result of the recurring protest action over demarcation issues. These protests have once again forced the shutdown of schools in and around the area.

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Week Ahead 4 September – 8 September

“The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky.”- Thomas Sankara

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TAC Congress 2017 Group Photo

“As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.” Monday, 28 August Attorney Sasha Stevenson and Health Researcher Tendai Mafuma are attending a Stop Stock Outs Project Steering committee meeting .

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TAC is back!

TAC National Congress demands new focus and energy in struggle for dignity and life!

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TAC’s 6th National Congress begins

A speech made by TAC National Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa at the opening of TAC’s 6th National Congress on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. #TACCongress2017

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Week Ahead

A very Happy Birthday to everybody’s favourite Uncle Kathy!
Your indelible mark and contribution to South Africa will forever be remembered. We are because you were, long live Ahmed Kathrada, long live.

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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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