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Database activism

Databases can save lives. No, seriously! A very special initiative to build and maintain a database of domestic violence shelters and NGOs working with victims of domestic and intimate partner violence in South Africa is a clear case of database activism. Juanita Van Zyl, Manager of the GIS division at Manstrat, saw someone share a link of shelters on Twitter during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. “When I followed the link, I found shelters in every single state of the United States. Out of interest, I did the same for South Africa. I…

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Maria Stacey presented an abstract poster at the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. FROM BROTHELS TO PARLIAMENT: Lessons learnt from scaling up a rights-based sex worker HIV programme looks at the Red Umbrella Sex Worker Programme, funded by the Global Fund from 2013-2016 which combined bio-behavioural interventions, as well as social and structural interventions such as collective mobilisation, and stigma reduction activities. The abstract examines programme data, a good practice workshop with sex workers and a final programme evaluation to understand the outcomes and impact of the programme.

From brothels to parliament

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