7 – 10 August
“To those who oppose us, we say, ‘Strike the woman, and you strike the rock’.” – Winnie Madikizela Mandela
Tuesday 7 August
Members of the SECTION27 team will attend a march organised by the Treatment Action Campaign to demand the removal of former health MECs Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa from the ANC’s provincial leadership. Mahlangu is implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy and Hlongwa stands accused of facilitating corruption in the Gauteng health department during his tenure. A recently publicised report details the extent to which Hlongwa enabled the hollowing out the department’s coffers.
Date: 7 August 2018
Assembly point: Mary Fitzgerald Square
Gathering time: 09:00
March begins at 10:00
Handing over of Memo at 11:00
Gauteng Provincial Legislature 43 Rissik Street Johannesburg 2000
For more information contact: Lotti Rutter 081 818 8493
Wednesday 8 August
Field researcher Patrick Mdletshe will be attending a Civil Society Engagement with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) organised by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Pan African Parliament. This forum aims to foster closer collaboration between Civil Society Organisations and PAP for the purpose of advancing and promoting the mandate of the continental Parliament. It will inform discussions that will be held parallel to the Pan African Parliament sessions in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2018.
Field Researcher Solanga Milambo will be attending a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights school dialogue to be held at Ximunwana Secondary school in Phaphazela village, Vhembe district in Limpopo.
Thursday 9 August – Friday 10 August
As South Africa marks Women’s Day on 9 August, we must acknowledge that gender equality is still far from realised and that in fact we need to address more insidious issues like Gender Based Violence (GBV) in our society. We salute the brave women who took to the streets in all nine provinces in another historic march on 1 August 2018 calling for an end to GBV. We have a long way to go in addressing issues that affect women but as activists we are encouraged by the level of activism sweeping the country. Members of our team proudly participated in #TheTotalShutDown marches in Pretoria and Braamfontein.
Legal Researcher Tendai Mafuma will be attending a workshop on the Nairobi Strategy on Tuberculosis and Human Rights to be held in Mombasa, Kenya on 9 – 10 August 2018. The workshop is organised by the Stop TB Partnership, the Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) (Kenya) and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (USA).
In 2016, a Judicial Dialogue held in Nairobi led to the development of a detailed global action plan to promote a human rights based approach to TB—the Nairobi Strategy on Tuberculosis and Human Rights. Since then, a diverse group of global stakeholders has made considerable progress in implementing the Nairobi Strategy, with minimal human and financial resources. The Mombasa workshop will bring together judges, legal experts, medical professionals, and people affected by TB from all over the world with the aim to:
- measure progress made in implementing the Nairobi Strategy;
- develop and finalise a three-year costed work plan for further implementation of the Nairobi Strategy; and
- Draft a communiqué on the critical role of the Nairobi Strategy in promoting a human rights-based approach to TB for submission to the Co-Chairs of UN High Level Meeting on TB which will be held in September 2018.