In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. United Nations
Monday 18 June 2018
SECTION27 staff members attended a workshop led by Crystal Dicks the Director of Wits University’s Gender Equity Office. We discussed issues like what constitutes sexual harassment and abuse of authority and power relationships in and outside the organisation as we navigate our policy frameworks. Read our statement on the earlier reports of sexual harassment in the civil society sector.
Wednesday 20 June 2018
As the world marks World Refugee Day on 20 June 2018, a consortium of organisations including Consortium for Refugees Migrants in South Africa , Lawyers for Human Rights , SECTION27, Right2Know, Sonke Gender Justice and Civil Society Co-ordinating Collective (CSCC), will draw attention to appalling conditions of at Lindela Repatriation Centre. Occupy Lindela is an event that aims to highlight the plight of asylum seekers coming to our country, and to denounce the failed asylum system that functions more to detain and deport people seeking refuge in our country and raise awareness about the conditions of detention and to empower communities affected both South African and diaspora of the constitution and how conditions of detention are unconstitutional. For more information contact Sharon Ekambaram. Manager: Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at LHR on 083 634 8924.
SECTION27 Counsel, Advocate Nikki Stein and Spotlight co-editor Marcus Low will be part of a panel discussion as part of the Executive Global Health Leadership Programme at the University of Cape Town. The panel is titled “How do activists offer leadership for social change?” The other panel member is Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola. Nikki will discuss our work, focusing on the textbooks and Life Esidimeni cases and Marcus will speak on health activism.
Communications Officer Zukiswa Pikoli will travel to Limpopo with a Pulitzer fellow from North West University in the United States to further investigate and report on the state of sanitation on the province.
Thursday 21 June 2018
The Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27 and Corruption Watch will unveil a report by the Special Investigative Unit into the Gauteng Department of Health. The report is under embargo and will be released on Thursday at 11am. Spokespeople will be available for comment thereafter.
Friday 22 June 2018
Zukiswa will meet with James Komape, the father of Michael Komape, to discuss plans for the Michael Komape Library which has received a number of book donations from various supporters. Mr Komape not only hopes that the library will keep his son’s memory alive but that it will bring much needed literacy support to the children of his village.
The week that was
Spotlight Editor, Marcus Low explains why in his view it would not be prudent to remove Aaron Motsoaledi as South Africa’s Minister of Health.
Spotlight also reported on a flight attendant who was grounded after he disclosed his HIV status, a case that is being closely monitored by SECTION27
Legal researcher Tendai Mafuma also shares her thoughts on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Communications Officer, Zukiswa Pikoli brought into sharp focus the reality that South Africa’s Education system is a danger to the children it is supposed serve.