“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

 

Monday 10 December

SECTION27 wishes the Treatment Action campaign continued strength as they celebrate their 20th anniversary today. SECTION27 has been a sister organisation to TAC since its inception and we congratulate TAC for 20 years of struggle in the service of public health service users. We work with TAC as lawyers and as comrades to fight for medicines, for ambulances and for women to bear children safely and with dignity. TAC has been an inspiration to us at S27 and to activists working on access to treatment for HIV, mental health, cancer, diabetes and access to health care services all over the country. Importantly, TAC’s work has reached activists all around our beautiful continent and amongst comrades around the world. The spirit of TAC activists is heard in song and in words and the actions of those brave people who sacrifice every day for the sake of others. In speaking truth to power our comrades speak for all of us, and without their voices our democracy would be weaker. Our constitution would mean less in the face of the challenges of corruption, abuse of power and the neglect of our public office bearers. Our people would be less empowered to vindicate their own rights. TAC continues to give hope to all who care about the realisation of universal human rights. The world needs TAC.

Here’s to another 20 years of inspirational activism.

Long live, TAC long live.

Speech by Umunyana Rugege Deputy Director of SECTION27 at a TAC night vigil held on the eve of TAC 20th anniversary at Constitution Hill.
Monday 10 –  Wednesday 12 December

Health attorney Nkululeko Conco and Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha are attending the Building the Movement for SRHR Regional Forum hosted by AFSA at the Garden Court, OR Tambo International Airport. The theme for this year is ‘greening the blue’, this year will also mark the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN

Executive Director Mark Heywood has been invited by Corruption Watch and the South African Human Rights Council to facilitate a panel discussion titled: Broadening the Narrative: Should Corruption be seen as a Human Rights Violation. The dialogue will take place from 10 am – 2 pm, at Lilliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg. This is to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) and International Human Rights Day (10 December)

Friday 14 December

Field researcher Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating a workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Sexual Violence within the AIDS Council in Stanger (KwaDukuza).

Please note that we will be closing our office from Friday 14 December to return on Monday 7 January 2019

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