One of the earliest lessons taught to us by AIDS activists is that in an epidemic, the language we use is as important as physical or medical strategies we may adopt for disease prevention, treatment and care. Language needs to be accurate, affirming, empowering, non-stigmatising and inclusive. For example, from early on, people living with HIV refused to be called “AIDS victims”. They rejected the loaded words that talked about how the disease was “spread” because “spread” i
Violence against women and girls WILL NOT dissipate during the COVID-19 national lockdown. In fact, it will increase. Therefore, Masimanyane will continue to deliver the bulk of our services during the current health crisis to ensure help is available to everyone who needs it.
INTRODUCTION As in any disaster, women and girls are impacted upon differently because of their low status within society. South Africa is a deeply patriarchal society in which there is a serious power imbalance between men and women resulting in inequality on a structural and interpersonal level between genders. The discrimination and oppression of women and girls is widely accepted within families and communities placing heavy burdens on them. Masimanyane Women’s Rights Int
The outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa is a significant threat to our families, communities and our country as a whole. To reduce the risk of a wide spread pandemic in our country, President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a call for everyone to go into social distancing/isolation which has proved to be the best method to containing COVID-19 from spreading. Several guidelines have since been provided on how to respond to this pandemic. Masimanyane Women’s Rights International is c
On Sunday 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation about a suite of measures designed to tackle the new ‘state of disaster’ posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. A day later, Cabinet ministers gave further details. And as frustrating or obstructive as the measures might seem, the good news is that they are mostly based on international best practice, writes REBECCA DAVIS. International health experts have made it clear that the challenge to be faced by developing co
From time to time infectious diseases develop into epidemics or pandemics, and create increased risks for the community. These occasions require specific policies targeted at the particular disease in question and general efforts at preparedness. 1. Masimanyane Women’s Rights International wishes as far as possible to protect its clients, its staff, its volunteers, and the general public from infection or contagion by epidemics and/or pandemics. 2. Masimanyane Women’s Rights
It’s official. President Cyril Ramaphosa has used section 36 of the Constitution to declare Covid-19 a national disaster. Such a declaration — a prudent step — is also a clarion call for all of us to be activists and advocates in dealing with the challenge before us, writes Fort Hare University Professor Willie Tafadzwa Chinyamurindi. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize calls this “hard combat” where each person becomes a soldier in the war before us. Needed are hard decisions with