International Women’s Day is approaching and human rights…

At Monday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m., the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) will host a new support group for obsessive-compulsive disorder. This online group, organized by Shai Friedland, psychologist and board member of Sadag, will be held twice a month. For more information on the registration procedure, send an e-mail [email protected].

tuesday march 8 is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to claim “gender equality today for a sustainable future”, according to the United Nations. The organization sees the promotion of gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction as one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century – especially as women are increasingly increasingly recognized as being more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men.

This vulnerability stems from the fact that women make up the majority of the world’s low-income population, with greater dependence on natural resources that climate change threatens.

Involving women in sustainability initiatives results in more effective climate action. They make “powerful leaders and agents of change for climate change adaptation and mitigation”, according to the UN.

At Tuesday afternoon, the Tshisimani Center for Activist Education will organize a virtual activist discussion on the theme “Democracy on the brink? A preparatory session will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., while the public seminar will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The discussion seeks to explore how nearly three decades of democracy in South Africa have coexisted with “endemic inequality, growing poverty, unbridled corruption, brutal exploitation and the erosion of the standard of living of ordinary people through commodification. and the hollowing out of public services,” according to Tshisimani. Those involved will examine the possibilities for the future.

The seminar will be broadcast live on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Those wishing to participate in person must RSVP to [email protected] before Monday, March 7. The discussion will take place at Bertha House, 67 Main Road, Mowbray.

From Wednesday, March 9 at 9 a.m., an international whistleblower protection summit will take place at the Capital Hotel in Melrose, Johannesburg. The event, themed “Situational Analysis – Reflections on Legal and Institutional Frameworks (National and International)”, will continue until March 11. It is hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The conference aims to enable consultative engagement with key stakeholders on the current state of whistleblower protection in South Africa, in order to begin exploring needed reforms in the legal and institutional frameworks underlying the protection of whistleblowers.

On the first day of the conference, speakers will address delegates and attendees. Lawyer Bongani Majola, President of the SAHRC, will deliver the opening speech. On the second and third days, delegates will participate in closed working groups to review national legal and institutional frameworks, identify gaps and propose reforms.

Thursday March 10 is the first International Women Judges Day – a day to promote the equal participation of women at all levels of the judiciary, according to the UN. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress made in this area, while raising awareness of the challenges ahead.

Women are significantly underrepresented in decision-making positions, including judicial leadership and senior management positions. However, their representation is essential to ensure that the courts respond to citizens’ concerns and deliver sound judgments.

“By marking this day, we will reaffirm our commitment to develop and implement appropriate and effective national strategies and plans for the advancement of women in judicial justice systems and institutions at executive, managerial and other levels” , the UN said.

At Thursday at 12 p.m.the School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPHFM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a seminar on “Covid-19: work, economic activity and spatio-temporal distribution of infection in South Africa”.

The seminar will involve Dr. Itumeleng Ntatamala from the Occupational Medicine Division of SPHFM. Those who wish to join can do so. here.

At Friday March 11 at 1 p.m.Sadag will host a live Q&A session with clinical psychologist Dr. David Rosenstein on “Phobias and Fear of Flying”.

The session will be broadcast via live video on Facebook. It will provide information on how these phobias can affect a person’s mental health, as well as how to manage the anxiety that accompanies phobias.

The session is the second in a month of live #FacebookFriday Q&A sessions. Each session tackles a different topic with relevant experts. Recordings of all sessions are available here.

Later Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., Constitution Hill will host a film screening and dialogue on the This Is Home campaign, which documents the lives of young people in South Africa who are stateless or at risk of becoming stateless. Other organizations involved in this event include Lawyers for Human Rights, Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa, ProBono.Org and Terres des Hommes.

The campaign includes explanations of statelessness, as well as an exploration of practical solutions that the Ministry of Health can implement to prevent statelessness. RSVP by email [email protected].

For more information on statelessness, access the Social Change Initiative’s resources on the topic here. DM

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