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GOVT NEEDS HELP FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO PROTECT WOMEN, CHILDREN
Posted: Jul 28, 2017
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GOVT NEEDS HELP FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO PROTECT WOMEN, CHILDREN

Shabangu has joined religious leaders, civil society groups and business representatives at a launch of a national campaign called “Against Violence Towards Women and Children” in Fourways under the banner “Not in My Name”.

The event is being held just a week before the start of Women’s Month.

With thousands of women and children being abused in South Africa every day, Shabangu says the government needs help.

“The success of government will only happen when it’s in partnership with various sectors of society in South Africa.”

Religious leaders have come up with the campaign which aims to change the attitudes of men and boys towards gender-based violence.

Pastor Ray Mccauley of Rhema Bible Church said: “We must not only challenge the social attitude of patriarchy and chauvinism, but also the effectiveness of government and government programmes.”

The government, civil society groups, and businesses have pledged their support to the movement, saying society needs to take more responsibility in ensuring that women and children are safe.

Source: http://ewn.co.za/2017/07/25/govt-needs-help-from-various-sectors-of-society-to-protect-women-children

Posted: Jul 13, 2017
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This book about gender-based violence (GBV) will help you to understand violence against women and children, to know what to do when it happens and to know how to help prevent it.

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Posted: Jul 13, 2017
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The linkage between the socio-economic inequality and HIV outcomes was analysed using data from a population-based household survey that employed multistage-stratified sampling. The goal is to help refocus attention on how HIV is linked to inequalities.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017
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Women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS — and microbicides could help empower women to protect their own health. Microbicides are being developed as vaginal rings, films and tablets and as rectal gels to help prevent sexual transmission of HIV. These products are based on the same types of antiretro-viral (ARV) drugs already being used successfully to treat and prevent HIV.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017
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Background:  In South Africa, HIV prevalence among youth aged 15-24 is among the world’s highest. Given the urgent need to identify effective HIV prevention approaches, this review assesses the evidence base for youth HIV prevention in South Africa.

Methods:  Systematic, analytical review of HIV prevention interventions targeting youth in South Africa since 2000. Critical assessment of interventions in 4 domains: 1) study design and outcomes, 2) intervention design (content, curriculum, theory, adaptation process), 3) thematic focus and HIV causal pathways, 4) intervention delivery (duration, intensity, who, how, where).

Results:  Eight youth HIV prevention interventions were included; all were similar in HIV prevention content and objectives, but varied in thematic focus, hypothesised causal pathways, theoretical basis, delivery method, intensity and duration. Interventions were school- (5) or group-based (3), involving in- and out-of-school youth. Primary outcomes included HIV incidence (2), reported sexual risk behavior alone (4), or with alcohol use (2). Interventions led to reductions in STI incidence (1), and reported sexual or alcohol risk behaviours (5), although effect size varied. All but one targeted at least one structural factor associated with HIV infection: gender and sexual coercion (3), alcohol/substance use (2), or economic factors (2). Delivery methods and formats varied, and included teachers (5), peer educators (5), and older mentors (1). School-based interventions experienced frequent implementation challenges.

Conclusions:  Key recommendations include: address HIV social risk factors, such as gender, poverty and alcohol; target the structural and institutional context; work to change social norms; and engage schools in new ways, including participatory learning.

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