Wednesday 22 May

2021 Annual Review: Making Rights Real

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Review in which we share some highlights from the work of SECTION27.

2021 was another incredibly challenging year for all of us. We continued to live with COVID-19 and the devastation it wrought on the country. In July 2021, we saw unprecedented civil unrest in the provinces of KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng unfold in the context of increasing poverty and deepening inequality. Over the decades, civil society has admonished that inequality must be addressed in all sectors of society, but South Africa still holds the unenviable distinction of being the most unequal society in the world. 

In 2021, we had some big wins, some of which were the result of long and hard fights for substantive equality and justice for all. SECTION27’s litigation, legal advocacy, and public awareness campaigns succeeded in.

These victories are in many instances incremental wins, building on many years of committed focus to improve access to health care and education in South Africa. The work also lays an important foundation for future advances in human rights. As the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis and austerity continue to impact everyone, especially the poor and disadvantaged, we will need to work closely with partners to continue and deepen the work of SECTION27.

Our staff and partners continued to rise to the challenge and found creative ways of “Making Rights Real”, our theme for 2021. We have a phenomenal team who are incredibly dedicated to the organisation’s mission to achieve substantive equality and advance social and economic rights. We thank them for their sacrifice and dedication.

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