23 – 27 July
“I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do act from love!”- Patch Adams.
Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July
Members of SECTION27’s health, communications and Spotlight team are at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam which officially kicks off tonight. Spotlight has already shaken things up, publishing major and damning leaks by AIDS-Free World co-director Paula Donovan, alleging that UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe has sinister plans for the agency. Spotlight will be writing and publishing several articles and photo essays while at the conference. Other team members will participate in activist events and attend sessions at the conference. Watch this space.
Monday 23 July
Budget Analyst Daniel McLaren will be attending a Secretariat meeting of IMALI YETHU, which is a coalition of civil society organisations working with the South African National Treasury to make budget information more accessible, user-friendly and empowering.
Tuesday 24 July
Executive Director Mark Heywood will give a lecture on using law to advance health in South Africa to six Lauder Institute students at the SECTION27 offices. These delegates are currently studying towards an MA in International Studies (Lauder Institute) with a concentration on Africa as well as an MBA (Wharton Business School). They have spent the past seven weeks on the continent (five weeks in Senegal and Ivory Coast learning French, a week in Kenya, five days in Nigeria and are now completing their final week in South Africa. All these activities constitute their summer immersion, which takes place prior to their starting the regular MA/MBA programme.
Wednesday 25 July
Budget Analyst Daniel McLaren will be in Pretoria for an Operational Working Group Meeting of Vulekamali – SA’s Online Budget Portal, where key decisions will be taken on proposed changes to the Stage Two Terms of Reference for the project as a result of feedback from users and target groups.
The week that was
On Mandela Day, Head of Communications Ntsiki Mpulo was part of the #Trek4Mandela challenge and summited Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the #Caring4Girls initiative which seeks to ensure that underprivileged young girls across South Africa stay in school, by providing them with sanitary care. We are very proud indeed of our very own ‘Mountain Woman’!