30 July – 3 August
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”– Elie Wiesel
Monday 30 July
On Monday, Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Victoria Hume visited our offices to speak to SECTION27 staff about the Well Sexuality project (https://wellsexuality.com/), work in which young people from Johannesburg spoke to their peers and produced videos and photos on sex and sexuality. The project was intended to explore how young people experience, frame, and perceive sexuality in contemporary South Africa and whether this has an impact on the uptake of sexual health interventions. The outputs of the project will be launched on 31 July 2018 at 17:00 at WISER. Further details can be found here:https://wiser.wits.ac.za/event/invitation-wellsexuality-projects-tuesday-31-july-5-7pm.
Tuesday 31 July – Wednesday 1 August
Attorney Sheniece Linderboom, Senior Researcher Thabang Pooe, Researcher Pamela Choga and Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha will be conducting sexual violence and sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) workshops for the Basic Education For All (BEFA) trainers in Polokwane.
Wednesday 1 August
SECTION27 will be participating in the #TotalShutdown in solidarity with the various planned acts including the Intersectional Women’s march to Union Buildings on 1 August.
Thursday 2 August
SECTION27 staff will be having our mid-year strategic retreat where we will be reflecting on whether we are on track to achieve our objectives in line with our three strategic plan, as well as evaluate our plans for the remaining months of the year.
Friday 3 August
Sheniece Linderboom, Thabang Pooe, Pamela Choga and Thuthukile Mbatha will be conducting sexual violence and sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) workshops at the SECTION27 offices for our trainers in Katlehong.
Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be presenting at the UKZN Family Medicine Department Forum discussion on National Health Insurance, together with Professor Alex Van den Heever (Wits School of Governance), Dr Salaelo Mametja (South African Medical Association), and Mr Mfowethu Zungu (Department of Health). The discussion will be held at the Susser and Stein Building, UKZN Medical School from 13:00.
The week that was
Last week, SECTION27 activists and members of the Spotlight team attended the International AIDS conference in Amsterdam. It was a week of learning new things about the response to HIV, as well as a week of radical activism. Hundreds of activists joined our Bad Pharma tours, where we visited various pharmaceutical companies to expose their lies and greed in relation to access to medicine. In the week, we also launched various publications such as “Humans in the age of HIV” as well as a publication, Standing Up for Our Lives, that explains how far we have come in relation to the struggle of access to medicine.
Publications can be accessed at www.spotlight.co.za
In addition to taking on Bad Pharma, SECTION@7 activists joined 23 women activists in calling for an end to Gender Based Violence and reform at UNAIDS. They urged donors to support the cause of women around the world. Read the statement here. https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2018/07/24/aids2018-g23-women-draw-a-line-in-the-sand/