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WELCOME Show Me Your Number (SMYN) seeks to reduce new HIV and TB infections, eradicate stigma and discrimination and contribute towards social cohesion by using the platform of sport, arts & culture as a vehicle to raise awareness through training, community engagement and edutainment. SMYN also uses the power of sports, arts and culture for demand creation for HIV and TB counselling, testing and prevention. SMYN was formally established in 2010 as a registered NPO and NPC, prior to which, it was a project of the South African Players Football Union (SAFPU). Vision SMYN works to create a healthy society that is AIDS and TB free through using human rights approaches. Mission SMYN exists to eradicate HIV and TB infections by using sports, arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy and raising awareness driven by respect for human rights for all. Values Innovation Openness Commitment Integrity Collaboration Sustainability Objectives To USE sport, arts & culture platforms to contribute towards eradication of HIV and TB. To PROMOTE sport, arts & culture as tools for social cohesion. To RAISE consciousness of healthy living and increase the number of men undergoing HIV Counseling and Testing and Male Medical Circumcision. To PROMOTE AND SHOWCASE the public commitment of sport, arts & culture personalities, managers and platforms in the fight against HIV and TB. To ADVOCATE for sport, arts & culture as a vehicle for promotion of human rights principles.
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Different Methods of Contraceptives Written by Berlina Lerutoane (Advocacy Officer) Our young people in South Africa are not educated about the various forms of Prevention methods they can access in their local health facilities, hence we come across young people complaining about the high rate of teenage pregnancy they encounter in their communities in our various districts of implementation. Click here to read more… Sexual Reproduction Health, Pregnancy Test and Termination Of Pregnancy Written by Berlina Lerutoane Sexual Reproduction Health (SRH) is a very personal subject; Good sexual and reproductive health means having a safe and fulfilling sex life, with the freedom to decide whether or not you want to reproduce and at what time in your life. Click here to read more… Mental Illness Awareness and Psychological Support Written by Ash-Leigh “Lex” LaFoy (BSocSci Psych. Phil) We as South African’s have a long-winded relationship with Psychology and Mental Health. This blog has been written to encourage your mental well being. Click here to read more… Reducing gender inequality and gender based violence Written by Khanyisile Ngema In the last decade, the issues of gender inequality has always been the issue of discussion. During the Covid19 pandemic gender based violence escalating greatly and affecting more South Africans. To understand the issue of gender, it is very important to understand the definition of gender and gender equity. Click here to read more…
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HUMAN RIGHT EMPOWERMENT FOR GIRLS MUST BE ADDRESSED RIGHT AWAY Johannesburg, Monday, 08 March 2021 This year’s theme for the International Day, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. SANAC Women Sector representative, Denise Zambezi, gave an address which highlighted Human Rights limitation in accessing health care, and economic empowerment and impact on Adolescent Girls & Young Women (AGYW). 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Covid19 was going to be a global pandemic, health and economic crisis. In March 2021 South African introduced the lockdown protocols under the state of emergency as a response to the pandemic. Lockdown had a varied implication on citizens depending on class, social position, gender sexual identity and ageism. Over and above human rights challenges experienced by women, existing gender inequalities increased in the past year. The pandemic has brought into sharp and painful focus that even before COVID-19 an estimated 34 million girls between the ages of 12 and 14 years were out of school, one in three women globally reported having experienced physical or sexual violence and women the world over worked longer hours for less or no pay. In South Africa, HIV prevalence is reported to be high amongst women and girls. To understand the factors behind their risk of HIV we will need to expound relay the rise in Human Rights Violations towards women such as Rights to access health care, food, water and Right to social security (Section27) and Right to education (Section 29). The menstruation cycle for a young girl can be associated with shame, embarrassment and uncleanliness. There is one study found that adolescent girls in South Africa can miss up to five days of school per month due to menstruation (Khumalo, 2015). Women and girls often don't have enough money to buy female hygiene products. The adolescent girls struggling to buy female hygiene products must turn to rags and socks. Denise Zambezi mentioned that “Women who do not have the sanitary pad, access to sanitation or even economically disempowered also face a social-economic burden and experience limited Right to Dignity (Section 10) as promised in the Constitution of South Africa.” A great deal has been done by the Civil Society in circulating sanitary pads with essential packs during the pandemic in South Africa. We have many sectors that are facing long- term hardships and the impact is always felt predominantly by women in our society who are receiving less than the minimum wage as recommended by the government. We need to empower the girl child in South Africa by lobbying harder for Human Rights empowerment, access to health care, access to education and protection for AGYW. “In our weekly series of engagement, we unpack our challenges and opportunities in response to Covid19 as experienced at a local level in South Africa. The pandemic brought to the fore severe realities on how health has heightened gender inequalities. However, the role of Civil Society is to create a consensus that something must be done and we must get on with it with great speed and efficiency,” said Steve Letsike, SANAC Co-Chairperson. Connect with us on Facebook, and Twitter and share with us how you can bring change for South Africa girls and women in your community. -- ENDS -- SANAC HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL SECTOR RELAUNCH Johannesburg, Wednesday, 22 February 2021 On 23 February 2021, the interim leadership of the SANAC Law & Human Rights Sector will be relaunched to breath life into this important sector. The SANAC Law & Human Rights Sector has been existing in name with no structures in place. “After a long process to get the sector to be functional, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We will get it right as this sector is very important in the fight against HIV and TB” says Thabo Majuja, Acting Chairperson of the Law & Human Rights Sector. The Law & Human Rights Sector is one of the 18 sectors in the Civil Society Forum, which together with government & business contributes to the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs 2017 – 2022 (NSP 2017 – 2022). The NSP 2017 – 2022 has a number of Goals that all sectors must implement. Goal 6 states that “Promote leadership and shared accountability for a sustainable response to HIV, TB and STIs – Mutual accountability”. The relaunch of the Law & Human Rights Sector will ensure that the sector is counted amongst those that are complying with the requirements of the NSP 2017 – 2022. Furthermore, Goal 5 of the NSP 2017 – 2022 states that “Ground the response to HIV, TB and STIs in human rights principles and approaches – Equal treatment and social justice”. In 2018, SANAC launched the three-year South Africa Human Rights Plan which provides the operationalisation of Goal 5. This three-year implementation plan sets out a comprehensive response to human rights-related barriers to HIV and tuberculosis (TB) services and gender inequality in South Africa for people living with HIV, people with TB, and for key and vulnerable populations. The three-year plan is based and builds on the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022 (NSP). The Civil Society Forum’s Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022 is premised on 5 Key Results Areas that should contribute to an approach and implementation that is guided by a Human Rights based agenda. This is to ensure that the directive from the NSP 2017 – 2022 and the SA Human Rights Plan finds resonance with the work of the Law & Human Rights Sector and all other 17 sectors. With the responsibilities the Law & Human Rights Sector has, we cannot afford to have the sector being dysfunctional. According to Thabo Majuja “Our efforts will ensure that the sector is relaunched at national, then provincial, followed by district and ultimately at local level. By the end of this year, we will make sure not only are we relaunched, but we have a functional, efficient and operational Law & Human Rights sector that contributes to the work of SANAC and promotes a human rights agenda in the response to HIV, TB and STIs as directed by the NSP 2017 – 2022 and the SA Human Rights Plan.” ENDS#### For more information, contact Thabo Majuja (Acting Sector Leader) 078 132 1913 Vacancy: MONITORING & EVALUATION OFFICER LOCATION: North West Province, Tlhabane, Rustenburg Closing Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021 Closing Time: 16h00 Show Me Your Number is inviting applications from suitable candidates for a: Monitoring & Evaluation Officer to support Programme Manager and the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager with data gathering and analysis, donor reporting and maintenance of the M&E reporting and archiving system. To download the job specification document, click here: APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply, AFTER READING THROUGH THE PDF ABOVE, send us a comprehensive CV and no more than 2 page motivation to: sthembile@showmeyournumber.org.za DEADLINE Submit your application by Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 16h00. No late application will be entertained under no circumstances. Statement on the passing on of Andrew Mosane Johannesburg, Friday, 15 January 2020 He had an infectious smile, he was loud, he was an activist par excellence. He is no more, gone to rest. He has played his part in this earth in the fight for access to HIV and TB treatment. In his words, in him you saw all the SANAC CSF Sectors because he embodied them. When all is said and done, Andrew Mosane was a humanist. We have lost a gallant fighter, an educator, an activist, a friend. According to Mabalane Mfundisi, Executive Director of Show Me Your Number “Whilst Andrew was currently an employee of Show Me Your Number, he was in fact an employee for the whole SANAC CSF sectors. A leader par excellence. Go well Andrew, go rest. As the saying goes - WHEN A TREE FALLS, SO SHALL IT LIE”. Steve Letsike, Chairperson of SANAC CSF and Co- Chairperson of SANAC says of Andrew Mosane “He made his presence felt. His contributions were incisive. He was a dependable activist ready and able to champion the cause of People Living with HIV and TB and he carried all sectors with him. He was an educator-par-excellence. Tsela tshweu Druza, until we meet again” We will share further details once the family has finalised the funeral arrangements. #ENDS# Issued by Show Me Your Number and SANAC CSF If you need more information, contact Greer Schoeman on greer@sanaccsf.org.za or Sthembile Mthanti on sthembile@showmeyournumber.org.za NOTICE TO SPORT, ARTS & CULTURE SECTOR ORGANISATIONS Invitation to register on the database of civil society organisations responding to HIV, TB & STI’s as part of SANAC Civil Society Forum (CSF): If you are an organisation in the sector of sports, arts and culture, we want to hear from you. Pleased register your organisation on the link below to provide your organisation’s details. Closing date to register has now been extended to Friday, 22 January 2021 LINK: INVITATION TO REGISTER ON THE DATABASE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS RESPONDING TO HIV, TB & STIS AS PART OF SANAC CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (CSF): SPORTS, ARTS AND CULTURE If you need more information, contact Greer Schoeman on greer@sanaccsf.org.za or Thabo Majuja on thabo@showmeyournumber.org.za NOTICE TO LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS SECTOR ORGANISATION Invitation to register on the database of civil society organisations responding to HIV, TB & STI’s as part of SANAC Civil Society Forum (CSF): If you are an organisation in the sector of Law & Human Rights, we want to hear from you. Pleased register your organisation on the link below to provide your organisation’s details. Closing date to register has now been extended to Friday, 22 January 2021 Invitation to register on the database of civil society organisations responding to HIV, TB & STI’s as part of SANAC Civil Society Forum (CSF): If you are an organisation in the sector of Law & Human Rights, we want to hear from you. Pleased register your organisation on the link below to provide your organisation’s details. LINK: INVITATION TO REGISTER ON THE DATABASE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS RESPONDING TO HIV, TB & STIS AS PART OF SANAC CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (CSF): LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS SECTOR If you need more information, contact Greer Schoeman on greer@sanaccsf.org.za or Thabo Majuja on thabo@showmeyournumber.org.za
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Traditional Leaders Launch the Communities Matter Survey in 20 Districts Johannesburg, Monday, 30 November 2020 Traditional Leaders sector launched the Communities Matter Survey in 20 Districts, supported by the South African National AIDS Council Civil Society Forum (SANAC CSF) by 25 sector leaders approached the UN Agencies through the Office of the South African UN Resident Coordinator for support of the Community Based Measures Strategy for COVID-19. The Traditional Leaders sector with its Chiefs mobilised 50 mobilisers in all 9 provinces and operational in 20 districts. The objective is to implement Advocacy, Social Mobilisation and Communications & Public Awareness aspects of the Community Based Measures Strategy for COVID-19. To view this and other Press Releases, click here… Lethukhukhanaya Health Instititution address Human Rights Violations by Sex Workers as contribution to end HIV & AIDS Johannesburg, Monday, 30 November 2020 Human Rights Implementing Partner Organisation IPO Lethukhukhanaya Health Institution is one of four host organisation in City of Johannesburg in the World Aids Day 2020 Policy in Action activity programme. Their role is to reduce Stigma and Discrimination in response to HIV, Aids and TB as stipulated by the 90-90-90 strategy and the NSP 2017 to 2022 at district level. The Deputy President of South Africa, David Dabede Mabuza, is the current Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The Deputy President will visit community project as part of the POLICY IN ACTION to see how the World AIDS Day 2020 theme “WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER, CHEKA IMPILO” is finding expression through implementation of by civil society organisations. To view this and other Press Releases, click here… TLD (Tenofovir + Lamivudine + Dolutegravir) regiment is the best solution for people living with TB, HIV 22 May 2020 SANAC Civil Society Forum, a constituent member of the Community Constituency Covid19 Front (CCCF) in responding to the statement by the Gauteng Health Department on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 that over 11 thousand of TB and HIV-positive patients have failed to collect their medication since the start of the lockdown on 27 March 2020 is an issue that requires a combination of treatment literacy and ongoing social mobilisation for those infected, their families and communities. Adherence to treatment is the bedrock of gains made in South Africa’s response to HIV and TB as outlined in the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB & STIs. To view this and other Press Releases, click here…
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