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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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SOUTH AFRICA'S FREEDOM HAS SHOWN US ITS NUMBER - 27 YEARS IN 2021 AND MARCHING ON Johannesburg, Wednesday 28 April 2021 South Africa's freedom has shown us its number - 27 years in 2021 and marching on. Yesterday, 27 April 2021 was a holiday for some, but for others it was a normal working day and for others it was a day of daily struggle against poverty, inequality and unemployment. Yet for the leadership, the freedom fighters who carry the Hope's of the many in the freedom abyss it was just another day in the passage of time. A day after this big day, we ponder and reflect on what we must do as South Africa marches towards adulthood. “...Let us be more generous, more jointly responsible, more humane. Let South Africa become a model of a more just, more humane, future world. If you can achieve it, all of us will be able to" said Fidel Castro 27 years ago in 1994. Our collective actions as a nation, as a people have failed the vision Fidel Castro had for us when we gained our freedom. When others the world over could not be seen associating with us, Fidel and the people of Cuba were there for us. These failures have more to do with the political tzars who sold our freedom for a pice of silver. As Smuts Ngonyama, the then Spokesperson of the ANC and an NEC member aptly captured it - "we didn't fight for this freedom to be poor". When he said this, there was no voice of reason to disassociate the ANC from being lumped into the vision of crass materialism that Ngonyama was propagating which was diametrically opposed to the vision Castro had for us. 27 years ago, many young people had not been born. 27 years ago, the youth of the time were bubbling with hope and Castro was articulating the South Africa of their future. 27 years ago, freedom fighters, both internal and those who had left the shores of the country to fight for freedom were full of hope that 27 years later, South Africa will be a different country. Young and old, political and apolitical, cultural and uncultured, we all wanted South Africa to be a "model of a more just, more humane, future world". Something went wrong, horribly wrong. Can we fix ourselves and go back to the day that 27 April 1994 promised to us? We can go back I believe. Going back to our 1994 vision means leaving others behind and leaving some behaviours behind. We remain hopeful because our number is firmly engraved in the hearts and minds of South Africans who yearn for freedom to be meaningful. We have created Show Me Your Number (SMYN) as a contribution to retracing our steps to the ideals of 1994. It is a small contribution to the sea of hopelessness that faces us. Our efforts are a small part of contributions that others like us continue to make. We are unmoved by being labelled as captured as we join hands with government, business and labour stakeholders. We only want to contribute to a South Africa of our dreams. 27 is just a number and on this 27th freedom day celebrations, we are part of South Africa that Fidel Castro envisaged we create in 1994. Mabalane Mfundisi Executive Director Show Me Your Number CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: INDIVIDUALS TO BE INFLUENCERS FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME (BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS) Johannesburg, Monday, 26 April 2021 Key Populations Influencers in social media are people who have a story to tell in a manner that positively influence others. These are also individuals who have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic. We are looking for individuals with stories to tell in terms of HIV, TB and STIs. Th successful individuals will be required to make regular posts about topics closer to their hearts, based on their lived experience on their preferred social media channels and generate large followings of enthusiastic, engaged people who pay close attention to their views. If you have what it takes to influence people based on your lived experience in the HIV, TB and STIs, we would like to hear from you: You must identify openly as the following Key Populations: o People Living with HIV o People Living with TB o Sex Workers o LGBTIQ+ o People Who Inject/ Use Drugs (PWID/ PWUD) o Adolescent Girls & Young Women Have a fair understanding of HIV, TB & STI Must have strong social media presence Have local network at local level Ability to communicate in one African language apart from English or Afrikaans Key role will be as follows: Attending of Human Rights activities/ community events in your district working with SMYN and its selected Implementing Partner Organisation (IPO) Attend the Human Rights Toolkit workshops and be ready to teach others once you have attended the workshop Engage local media for interviews and conduct these media interviews Participate on an anti-stigma and discrimination advocacy campaigns Document Human Rights Violations related to HIV, TB & STIs and where necessary, participate in responding to the violations documented Attend the Human Rights Violations Standing Committee meetings whenever invited Share messages on social media and other media platforms that address stigma and discrimination against Key & Vulnerable Populations If you are interested, please send us your CV and including links to your social media pages sent to Sthembile Mthanti at cv@showmeyournumber.org.za Deadline: Monday, 3 May 2021 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 -- 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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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 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 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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