Posts archive for November, 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


“We stand in solidarity with like-minded organisations and individuals to condemn Violence Against Women as it remains the most widespread violation of human rights. While we acknowledge significant progress and commitments made to address violence against women and girls, the fact that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime, with up to 7 in 10 women facing abuse in some countries (UN Women, 2019) is most unacceptable in this century! Such statistics call for bolder urgency in actions to preserve women and girls right to bodily autonomy, agency and freedom from all forms of violence. Sexual violence robs women and girls of their dignity, riddling survivors lives with pain and adversity – often lasting a lifetime. This year as we commemorate the 16 Days Campaign we call on Governments, Organisations, Communities and Individuals to make conscious deliberate efforts to redress systematic and institutionalised gender inequalities and injustices which continue to fuel physical and sexual violence” Ms. Rouzeh Eghtessadi, SAfAIDS Executive Director

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SAfAIDS Statement on Universal Children’s Day

“Today, and throughout the year, we celebrate brave and inspiring children from across the globe who have made ground breaking contributions towards development of other children and the entire human race. Children are our greatest resource and humanity’s best hope for the future; decisions and investments that we make today will determine our children’s future, and ultimately the future of our humanity. Children will inherit the innovations, technology and milestones that we have developed in this generation, unfortunately they will also inherit all the negative outcomes and consequences of war, poverty, limited health care and access to education, child labour and all forms of abuse. As we celebrate this day, we acknowledge positive transformation and development in areas of civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children – while simultaneously we need to critically reflect on the gaps, and areas we have failed to ensure that every child has a right to dignity, basic human rights and security. We cannot claim sustainable development without tangible action and investment towards the holistic development of children. We owe every child a happy and safe childhood!”    Ms. Rouzeh Eghtessadi, SAfAIDS Executive Director

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SAfAIDS Statement on International Men’s Day 2019

“International Men’s Day is designed to promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals. When we make investments towards promoting individual and collective development of key groups in our respective communities, including men and boys, we are able to effectively address key challenges including high incidence of HIV infection, reproductive health challenges, sexual gender-based violence and gender inequalities in different sectors….and make giant steps towards achieving and sustaining development at a global scale. International Men’s Day encourages men to lead by example; boys need positive male role models. Our broader community also needs positive male role models. This is the best strategy to create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to flourish and reach their fullest potential.” Rouzeh Eghtessadi, SAfAIDS Executive Director

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