SANAC Chair, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in dialogue with men about gender-based violence and HIV

SANAC Chairperson, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and a network of religious leaders and civil society organisations will on Thursday 17 August 2017, launch a dialogue series targeting boys and men to discuss issues of gender-based violence, HIV testing, substance abuse and the importance of accessing health services.

The initiative by the SANAC Civil Society Forum is a collaborative effort that includes other civil society sectors and government departments to urge men and boys to get involved in curbing gender-based violence, the spread of HIV and substance abuse.

Following the launch, the dialogue series is planned to take place in different parts of the country and will equip religious leaders to use their influence to challenge attitudes and practices that perpetuate gender-based violence, lack of access to health services and substance abuse. The outcomes of the dialogues will be tabulated in a report that will be presented to the bi-annual Takuwani Riime Men’s Parliament scheduled for 19 November 2017 as part of commemorating International Men’s Day.

The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will be joined by Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Mbulawa Mugabe, other government officials, civil society leaders as well as Sello Maake kaNcube, actor and founder of AfriMan Rising.

Media is invited to cover the event as follows:
Date:               Thursday 17 August 2017

Time:             08h00

Venue:            Soshanguve Community Hall, Block H, Soshanguve, Pretoria.

For more information, please contact: Kanya Ndaki SANAC Communications Manager 083 298 6100

Accreditation: Nelson Dlamini 078 731 0313 / Sam Bopape: 082 318 5251

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