Gender

Advocacy Group to Re-apply for Registration

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) advocacy group states that it will re-apply to register as an organisation.
 
LEGABIBO will make a fresh application to the country’s registrar of societies, after winning a case in which it challenged government’s refusal to register the organisation.
 
During an interview, LEGABIBO coordinator, Caine Youngman, declares that, "We are working with our legal team to finalise our registration papers before submission tomorrow."
 

Less than Half of Infected People Know their Status

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) say that although 65 percent of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.

While less than a third of South Africa’s 35 million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures, SANAC says that the country has among the ‘highest population-level HIV testing in the world’.

NGO Takes GBV Fight to Rural Areas

The Eastern Cape Childline office and Masimanyane Women's Support Centre are taking their programmes to rural areas as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

The organisations will launch their programme at Nxarhuni village, Eastern Cape, an area which was chosen for the launch as it has experienced a number of violent crimes against women in the past six months.

Village Rejects a Woman as Chief

Some village elders in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland region are still unable to accept a woman as their chief, 17 years after her appointment was approved by President Robert Mugabe.

Die-hard traditionalists in Matabeleland say that although they support the government's policy of gender equality, they will not accept the appointment of female chiefs.

Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

Unprotected Sex Exposes Men to HIV Infection

A study has found that men who have sex with men (MSM) have a high prevalence of HIV, with Durban having the most men testing positive for the virus compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town.
 
Researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council, states that, "In Durban, the prevalence is unusually high among respondents at 48.2 percent, in Cape Town, the overall prevalence was 22.3 percent. Johannesburg was at 26.8 percent."
 
The study, called the Marang Men's Project, was conducted from 2012 to 2013 in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban among 925 MSM.
 

Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

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