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1 November 2023, Johannesburg – The year 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of SECTION27, incorporating the AIDS Law Project (ALP), established in 1993. Today, SECTION27 launches a month-long campaign to commemorate its 30 years of work for social justice and human rights. The AIDS Law Project was established to use the law to address the human rights implications of HIV/AIDS, which included fighting HIV discrimination. Together with the Treatment Action Campaign, the ALP was on the frontline of the fight for the right of people with HIV/AIDS to access antiretroviral drugs.

SECTION27 emerged from ALP in 2010 and broadened its focus to encompass the right to access quality health care services and the right to basic education.

Over the years, SECTION27 has seen many landmark victories in the interest of human rights. The Limpopo textbooks case about the provision of learning materials in schools in Limpopo; the eight-year long Life Esidimeni case (culminating this week) about the deadly move of mental health care users out of a safe health facility into NGOs in which at least 144 of them would die; the Michael Komape case which saw damages being awarded to the family of a young boy who drowned in a toilet at school and the development and implementation of a plan to improve school sanitation across the province; the National School Nutrition Programme case which re-started a programme that feeds over 9 million learners daily; and the rebuilding of Lusikisiki Village Clinic are all examples of the persistence of SECTION27 and its partners through the years.

These victories and many more, big and small, will be celebrated over the course of this month. Follow our social media accounts and share the inside stories of the people and work that have made SECTION27 what it is over the past 30 years.

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For media queries contact: Pearl Nicodemus | nicodemus@section27.org.za | 082 298 2636


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