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Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 1

Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 1

In a two-part article, Mark Heywood and Thuthu Mbatha, attempt to ask, and suggest some answers to, the hard and painful questions arising from the ...
Lack of PrEP for young women is a rights violation

Lack of PrEP for young women is a rights violation

With around 2 000 new HIV infections every week in young women and girls aged 15 to 24, South Africa is facing an urgent HIV crisis in young women. ...
Living positively:  Saidy Brown, Mafikeng

Living positively: Saidy Brown, Mafikeng

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight, and Leonora Mathe, Treatment Action Campaign Saidy Brown shares how she used social media to speak openly about her HIV. ...
Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

In a remarkable judgment asserting the rule of law, the North Gauteng High Court has ordered the Limpopo Department of Health to obey court orders ...
Living positively: Make Love Safe

Living positively: Make Love Safe

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight Love may be blind; but some things, you shouldn’t ignore – like knowing your and your partner’s HIV status. South Africa is ...
Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Brand new theatre beds are broken within months and sub-standard anaesthesia machines stand unused following the award of a multi-million Rand ...
Living positively: Tshepo Ngoato, Midrand, Gauteng

Living positively: Tshepo Ngoato, Midrand, Gauteng

When Tshepo Ngoato’s doctor and aunt sat him down to tell him he was HIV-positive, he felt as if his world had crashed before his eyes – that he had ...
Living positively: Shakira Namwanje, Uganda

Living positively: Shakira Namwanje, Uganda

Uganda has about 1.4 million people living with HIV, with women – and young women especially – disproportionately affected. According to AVERT, an ...
Access denied

Access denied

Activists blame government for limited access to abortion services in the public sector. ...
The dangers of vaginal douching

The dangers of vaginal douching

Ever heard of using plain yoghurt, or a mixture of Stoney and Lemon Twist, or cinnamon and milk? Well, these are some of the ‘remedies’ that have ...
Period-shaming must fall

Period-shaming must fall

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight Statistics about menstruation and girls’ missed school days in South Africa have been guesstimates at best, and range wildly – ...
The cost of liberation

The cost of liberation

A moment of true liberation came for Thembi Mahlathi when she was standing at a supermarket check-out queue. In her shopping basket, for the first ...
DREAMS and She Conquers

DREAMS and She Conquers

An estimated 2 000 new HIV infections occur in young women and girls every week in South Africa. Two high-profile programmes are aiming to address ...
Improving SRHR access for queers in South Africa

Improving SRHR access for queers in South Africa

Melusi Dlamini shares his take on the state of play when it comes to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of the LGBTQIA+ community. ...
UNAIDS must Address Culture of Impunity, Michel Sidibé Must Go!

UNAIDS must Address Culture of Impunity, Michel Sidibé Must Go!

By 23 leading women activists Note: This op-ed is adapted from a letter sent by Vuyiseka Dubula and 22 other leading women activists to the ...
The needs of queer folk in SA

The needs of queer folk in SA

by Thuthukile Mbatha, Spotlight June 2017 saw the launch of South Africa’s first Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual Plus ...
Cutting-edge youth services

Cutting-edge youth services

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is implementing a number of innovative youth-focused health services around Cape Town. Others could learn ...
Bill would roll back right to choose

Bill would roll back right to choose

  Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 A new Bill threatens the very essence of a woman’s right to bodily integrity and reproductive decision-making, as ...
Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 The results of the last Annual School Survey, released in 2017, sent shock waves through the country. According to the, ...
We are failing young women in South Africa

We are failing young women in South Africa

Thuthukile Mbatha, Guest Editor, Spotlight Note: This is the editorial from a special print edition of Spotlight guest-edited by young people. Every ...