Most sex workers hide what they do for a living from those closest to them – especially their own children, causing pain and distrust mainly because South Africa does not legitimise their work.
AMSTERDAM – The prosecution of HIV positive people for deliberately infecting or endangering others is often not supported by science, according to 20 top scientists including Nobel Laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi.
Imagine being 22 years old and still stuck in primary school simply because no local high school can accommodate your physical disability. This is the fate of Makhosi Ndabambi. More than 500,000 disabled South African children have no access to any schooling, because schools are only built for the abled.
Knowledge of the Constitution is enabling young lesbian women on the East Rand to fight for their rights and to ‘walk tall’ in the face of persecution. They are eking out spaces for themselves through small daily acts of defiance.
Penned by public interest law organisation Section27 Executive Director Mark Heywood, this essay was released as part of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’ report on the state of civil society’s response to HIV.