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Tackling rape culture in schools

September 15, 2000       News  

How do we create a generation of young women who know their rights and young men who are less likely than their fathers to raise their fists? The Department of Basic Education believes we can learn from Sweden, and improve sexuality education in schools to teach learners about gender inequality, power, violence, and rape culture.

Breaking the cycle of violence

September 15, 2000
Mental Health  

What can be done in societies with a legacy of violence and division to help heal children to enable them to develop to their full potential and break the cycle of violence and poverty? Sue Valentine attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland-South African colloquium for a day of realistic and inspiring discussion of what […]

AIDS prevention an election ploy?

September 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

According to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the recent announcement by Western Cape Minister of Health Nick Koornhof that the mother-to-child prevention of HIV/AIDS programme would be rolled out to five new areas next year may be little more than an election ploy.

AIDS prevention an election ploy?

September 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The Treatment Action Campaign held a picket in Cape Town recently, protesting the Western Cape’s government selective implementation of its mother-to-child HIV/AIDS prevention programme. Jo Stein reports.

Severe head injuries ‘€“ who gets treated?

September 8, 2000
Health Funding  

A controversial new approach to rationing care for head-injuries is being developed at Groote Schuur hospital. The new policy, introduced because budget cuts mean that there are insufficient resources to give optimum care to all severe head injuries, will give doctors guidelines as to which patients should receive the most intensive care. Jo Stein reports.

Should we prioritize the sex industry for the prevention of HIV/AIDS?

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

In South Africa, there is no co-ordinated national policy specifically targeting the sex industry to prevent the spread of HIV infection. But such a policy may be less appropriate for South Africa than for other developing countries. By Jo Stein.

100% condom use among sex-workers is possible

September 8, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Developing countries like Cambodia are following the Thai example and implementing successful 100% condom use programmes for commercial sex workers. But some argue that the approach discriminates against commercial sex workers. Jo Stein reports

Pissing in the wind

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

Regular virginity testing is seen as a solution to HIV/AIDS. But for the majority of virginity testers, assessing virginity has nothing to do with whether a girl’s hymen is intact. Many testers also not see virginity as an absolute state. There may be “grades” of relative virginity. One virginity tester from Zululand reported recently on […]