“This is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity. It’s a decision that she must make for herself. And when government controls that decision for her, she’s being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a United States Supreme Court Justice and champion of women’s rights and gender equality. She passed away on Friday, 18 September – her soul rest in power.
SECTION27 staff continue to work remotely until further notice. Our advice desk will only conduct telephonic consultations. The numbers to call or WhatsApp are 060 754 0751 or 067 419 6841. The public interest organisations legal support hotline continues to be available to the public to contact regarding rights violations: 066 076 8845.
#OurNSP: National Strategic Plan for Gender-based Violence and Femicide Webinars
Members of the SECTION27 team continue to support the work of the Call to Action civil society collective working to combat gender-based violence and femicide. This week’s webinar is the final one in the series and focuses on the development of recommendations towards a people-centred NSP. Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter using #OURNSP.
SECTION27 invites you to our International Safe Abortion Day webinar: An Activist Dialogue on Abortion in East and Southern Africa. Join regional safe abortion activists in a discussion on the barriers to safe abortion access. Register at: tinyurl.com/y5bx7cpc
Monday 21 – Wednesday 23
The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) holds its second Annual General Meeting this week. The meeting is set to discuss the Coalition’s role in advancing a progressive fiscal agenda to support the realisation of all social and economic rights. From this meeting, a new Steering Committee will be elected from among members of the BJC.
SECTION27, along with other members of the Climate Justice Coalition, will participate in the Global Day of Climate Action supporting the call for climate justice in the world. Follow the activities on social media via @SECTION27news or #GlobalClimateAction2020 #ClimateStrike
The week that was
On Friday 18 September, SECTION27 joined the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and other civil society organisations at Constitution Hill for a picket as part of the #OrangeMaskFridays campaign against Covid-19 corruption. It calls for greater transparency, accountability and consequences for C19 corruption. The picket is build-up to Heritage Weekend, when organisations in different provinces will be conducting some form of action against C19 corruption. Over Heritage Weekend, civil society urges everyone to celebrate their commitment to a national identity that is anchored on ethics and integrity.
Mark Heywood (Maverick Citizen Editor) will be in discussion with Former Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke about his latest book, All Rise. Together with Advocate Adila Hassim and SECTION27 Legal Researcher, Tendai Mafuma, they will explore some of the key issues emanating from the memoir, in particular how civil society uses the Constitution, socio-economic rights and the future of the Constitution.
To register, visit: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/AllRiseMoseneke
Opinion: Release of SA’s first National TB Prevalence Survey should not be delayed any longer
Even though it has been ready for months, findings of a critically important tuberculosis survey have not been made public. Every day that passes, the more outdated the findings become, and accordingly the less useful.
COVID-19: What life is like in Khayelitsha after the surge
On alert level two of South Africa’s lockdown and despite authorities warning against complacency, residents in places such as Khayelitsha are not just more relaxed, but many are abandoning COVID-19 safety precautions. Siyabonga Kamnqa reports.
COVID-19: SA doctors were ready for multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Tuesday declared multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) a Notifiable Medical Condition. Elna Schütz spoke with doctors who have been treating this rare and dangerous condition.
Some TB patients still required to take pills in front of witnesses
Some tuberculosis patients in South Africa are still required to take their pills in front of a healthcare worker or family member. Is this a justified means of ensuring people take their medicine, or is it an invasion of personal autonomy? Elri Voigt asked local TB experts.